Faith. It sits at the back of our bookshelves, collecting dust and cobwebs. But, it's eager for it's remembrance. It's eager for someone to pull it out and open it up; changing the world one page at a time. It's eager to not to have just been read or known, but used.
Faith longs for it's muscles to be stretched; imagined and explored. It craves to once again regain that shine and luster it had not to long ago - where twelve simple fishermen dropped everything they had, to follow just one man. These men; they were the first examples of what it looked like to walk in faith, and not just possess it. For them, their faith was revealed at the moment Jesus called them to Him. For us, it is the same. And, at it's core this is what faith is - the continuous revelation of God; a firm and divine persuasion to believe in that which we cannot see.
While we know that, "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." We could easily see this as a passive comfort to our everyday lives when it is actually so much more. It is a call to action from Him to us. And so, it would be impossible to describe the life of faith without actually describing a life of obedience. And thus, a life of patience and perseverance as well. Faith is a real place. We either live in it, outside of it, or direct it towards something else other than God.
And that's where it can get hard, right? We may have committed our lives once, but walking in faith is a daily commitment. The hard reality is that a life of faith is the immunization against a life of apostasy. So, we must ask ourselves - are we up to date?
If we call ourselves believers, than we can easily trace our history with God back to the moment where our belief turned into faith - where God persuaded us once and for all that not only did He exist, but that "the universe was created by the word of God" and that it bows to His rule.
But then, what comes next? It starts at the last thing God asked us to do.
That's a little terrifying isn't it? Because perhaps there's a reason we haven't obeyed, and there's certainly a reason why we haven't followed through. The obstacles (and excuses) are endless.
But God! God doesn't just want us to walk into faith and be self-sustained, He wants us to operate and function from this place of faith and be God-sustained. And that is the important difference. While faith requires our obedience, it doesn't require our muster. Because faith is received from God as a fruit of spirit, it is put inside of us and never created by us. We don't acquire faith, we simply access it.
The walk of faith begins with obedience. It's God persuading us that He's worth it; that He's King. Then, it's His constant and regular persuasion to seek after Him in daily acts of faith, both big and small. It's Him reminding us that faith requires both our agreement and our participation. To lean hard on the confidence of a faith created and instilled by Him into us, not on the false humility of a faith created by ourselves. Our faith does not move mountains because we did the work, but because He did. But, because we function from a place of faith, we give Him the ability to operate through us - to do the impossible.
And so knowing all this, we must come back to questioning the posture and position of our hearts.
First, have we faithfully walked out the last assignment God has given us? Second, where are we in relation to the faith that God has put inside of us? Are we functioning and operating from it or outside of it? Or, have we abandoned that which we cannot see for something that we can?
Remember friends, "...without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." Let us begin to choose lives that please Him, and not the world. Let us seek after Him by walking both in faith and in obedience.
IN THE WORD
Hebrews 11:1-3 | Hebrews 11:6 | Romans 4:20-21 | Galatians 5:22-23 | Ephesians 2:8-10 | Matthew 21:21