But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God.”James 2:20-23 WEB
Trusting in the Lord and acting on that trust, is what won favor for Abraham in the sight of the Lord. And the Lord considered it as righteousness. If you know the back end of this story, you know Abraham and Sarah waited 99 years to conceive Isaac. They loved their son so much because of this, but now God is asking Abraham to kill his son. Most people who read this story with carnal eyes, may think God is a maniac. But when rightly divided, all the Scriptures are saying is; do you trust God? No matter how crazy it sounds, no matter how illogical it seems, will you follow the instructions of the Lord?
Often, we unknowingly make everyday things and people in our lives idols. And an idol is anything that gets your time and attention more than God, anything that takes hierarchy over The Most High God becomes your god, therefore making it an idol. When The Most High asked Abraham to kill his son, He was testing Abraham’s heart, God wanted to make sure Abraham’s heart still belonged to him, and it did. Abraham trusted in the Lord fully and passed his test.
To be a faith walker and “friend of God”, you will have to incorporate movement and obedience to fulfill your kingdom mandate. Faith without works is dead and God is requiring obedience in your movement, after you pray you should get to work. God helps those who realize they need help, and when you make one step God will help you make two. If you want help, and believe God is going to do it for you, your action should match your faith, and your faith should produce productivity.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 7:19). God is looking for kingdom builders to bear good fruit (character). Character in God requires obedience. Yes, you believe God, but do you believe him to the point where you start to do the work before you see the manifestation of his abundance? That is the type of trusting relationship God wants to build with you. If you believe as you say, you’ll move! Will your next move be counted as righteousness?