Believing is living

When we live our belief, when we do good, when we love our neighbors, we show God that we truly believe in Him and in the Gospel.

I have received so many blessings during the past two weeks. Most notable among them is a new job.

It was unexpected because I did not apply for it. But, a good friend from way back in high school knew I could do some web design work and asked me to be part of his team.

I believe it’s an answered prayer because for the past few months, I had been discerning whether or not to take part-time web design jobs to support our income and praying about it. Then, out of nowhere, God gave me a job. Truly, He is the living God and He is faithful.

Being overwhelmed by all His blessings, I was praying yesterday morning and asking Him, “Father, how can I thank You? How can I show you my gratefulness and my faith? How can I show you that I believe in You?”

Being the faithful God that He is, He once again answered my prayer in today’s Gospel reading (and the other mass readings).

In today’s reading, Jesus was teaching Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jew, the heart of the Gospel (and one of the most well-known verses):

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” — John 3:16

Jesus also teaches us and calls us to believe in Him.

But, Jesus did not stop there. He also taught Nicodemus what it means to believe in the Son of God:

“And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” — John 3:19-21

Jesus is telling us in the succeeding verses that those who do not believe in Him are the ones who do wicked things and evil works. He is telling us that unbelievers are not just the ones who do not know Him, worship Him, or praise Him, but also those who do not live according to His ways and example.

On the other hand, the ones who believe in Him are those who live the truth. They are the ones who do not only believe intellectually in the Gospel, but also live it.

We can also read it in today’s second reading written by St. Paul to the Ephesians:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9

Like what was written in the Gospel, God loves us so much that He gave us His Son to save us. He saves us because of His love and grace and not because of our own merits.

St. Paul then continued and explained why God wants to save us:

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” — Ephesians 2:10

God wants to save us because He loves us. He also wants to save us so we can do “the good works that He has prepared for us in advance.” That we should “live in them.” 

That is how we can honor and receive the gift that He freely gave

What blessings has God given you? Do you want to thank Him? Do you want to show Him that you believe and trust and love Him?

Live your belief.

When we live our belief, when we do good, when we love our neighbors, we show God that we truly believe in Him and in the Gospel.

Starting today, let us make the decision to live the truth, the Gospel, and our belief — in every moment, in every area of our lives.

Living is believing.