Good Q. One that causes much thought to happen, this is good :)
Faith is yes, how we access the grace that saves us, and we all know that it is the grace alone of our Savior that saves. W/o that it won't happen. By faith we reach for this grace.
Two things came to mind. One could be faithful, and do nothing. Another, faithful and do something. And it is written:
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. | James 2:17
By works you display your faith. Abraham believed God would make a great nation through him, and then in his old age he was asked to offer up his son. Abraham had to act, had to display his faith by works, and good things happened. Works of course, not done to save us, but to show that in fact we are faithful, and do trust God.
The second part is such a thing that has to be daily worked on. Good Qs to make one think :)
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. | Psalm 115:1
Good example by the way MsMs with the Naaman, the lame, etc. Faith is seen to have been required on the part of man. Good points and examples. Your words and what you have chosen to share will def help whoever stops by to read them :)
According to our last week's lesson if I may quote" "faithfulness is the working out of this inner-belief system. When we have faith in God, we act in faithful ways. Acts of faithfulness are a demonstration of our faith, and such acts are the threads holding our belief and behavior system together.
One more thing that is motivating which is the key for Spiritual growth: Faithfulness (faithful) is the long-term product of faith in the heart. It is expressed as the constancy of a life devoted to God, a loyalty to Him that remains steadfast through both prosperity and adversity.
Let me site some important messages which has bearing to my personal opinion on this concern.
Quoted from last week's lesson:
"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much" (Luke 16:10, NKJV).
"The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall". - Ellen G. White, Education, p. 57.
The following words are some of the components of faithfulness:
Dependability - dependability means people can count on you. When was the last time someone let you down? Do you remember how that made you feel? What does it say about your character if you lack dependability?
Honesty - Honesty is truthfulness. It means you are not going to lie or cheat or steal. Honesty is a cardinal building block of a strong character and should be in play every day of our lives.
Integrity - Integrity is like a code of honor. If you have integrity, you have certain values and beliefs that you live by. It also means you respect the values and beliefs of others. Integrity is also one of the building blocks of character.
Loyalty - Loyalty is allegiance. It means standing by someone even when times get tough. Loyalty is an important part of friendship. But does loyalty include doing something wrong for a friend? Does loyalty have limits? How might someone take a good thing, loyalty, too far?
Well, with this, being faithful (until the end) is quite enough to save us. Why? Because, we should know by now that our God is faithful to all He has promised so we should remain faithful (being dependable, honest, with integrity and loyalty).
In other words, this would help us focus our minds and stick to God all the way. I know it's not easy to be faithful because we are in a world where faced with a lot of temptations. Let's just bear in mind that God's grace is enough to remind us to keep our eyes or turn our eyes upon Him.