Stevie Wonder has a recording called “Talking Book.”
We should be talking books of faith as we live our lives. Persons should be able to “read us” and declare: “Yes this person is truly a great witness for God!”
The true benchmark of your faith is how you handle storms in your life. It is easy to shout in the midst of good times. When “all is well” it is easy to proclaim: “God is good. Praise the Lord!” But how loud can we shout in the midst of trying times?
Trials will visit every person. No one is excused from tough times in life. Jesus assures us: “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” (St. John 16:33)
Faith is not tested during good times but is perfected in the midst of struggle. As you go through a rough time in life, be a great blessing to others. How you endure your time of testing can be a blessing to others. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Paul shares with us ““I'm eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other.” (Romans 1:12 NLT)
It is proper to verbally proclaim your faith, but living your faith makes quite a majestic sound. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 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. (James 2:17-18)
It is not that I need you to do well so that I will do well. But if I see you “enduring hardness as a good soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3) I will be encouraged to do the same.