James 2:18 says, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” Works are not a requirement for salvation. Salvation is by grace through faith. But a faith that saves is a faith that works. God intends that our faith be put into action. Our works then service as an outward proof of what had taken place on the inside.
The Bible is full of examples of people who had great faith in God and demonstrated that faith with their works. Hebrews 11 contains a list of a number of the most outstanding examples from the Old Testament.
Noah was a man who had great faith in God. Because of His faith, when God told him to do something that seemed ridiculous, Noah submitted to God’s command and built an ark. The one hundred years he spent sawing and hammering on a giant boat proved that he had faith.
Abraham is another example. God asked him to kill his son Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord. Amazingly, he obeyed without hesitation and had not God stopped him mere moments before he plunged the knife into his son, he would have gone through with the sacrifice.
Moses too had extraordinary faith. Though he could have lived as the prince of Egypt his entire life, he chose to separate from the world and identify with God’s people because he believed God’s promises.
Like these men and others who have followed their example, we can live lives of great faith too, that proves itself in actions like submission, sacrifice, and separation.