John Ruskin, a British art critic, writer and philanthropist said: “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”
What we think changes by the day, hour, or minute. What we know changes throughout our entire lives. What we believe is largely a matter of the culture in which we were raised. What we think, know, or believe are just potentialities.
What we do turns these potentialities into reality. What we do has consequences for ourselves and others. What we do cannot be changed.
That is why salvation is not a matter of belief in Jesus and his death for our sins. To say we believe in God and Jesus is of little consequence; anyone can say that. To actually do what God and Jesus instruct us to do, to actually pattern our lives after Jesus’ example, would be life changing.