There are a number of factors that motivate us to action. Some slam their brakes on at a yellow light because they fear getting a ticket. Some work extra hard on the job because they long for praise from their boss. Many factors drive us to action—fear, praise, love, hate, money, etc.
What kind of motivating factor is faith? Does our faith move us to action? Paul wrote, “We also believe and therefore speak” (2 Cor. 4:13). Does your faith in anything cause you speak? Some believe so strongly in their personal political views, or so strongly in the potential of Essential Oils, or so strongly in the abilities of their children that they speak, and speak, and speak all about these things. It is set so firmly in their hearts that it’s all they want to talk about.
What about our faith in Jesus? What about our faith in “the dying of the Lord Jesus” (4:10) and “the life of Jesus” (4:10, 11)? How strong is our faith that “He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus” (4:14)? Is it so firm that “therefore we speak”? If not, why not?