Faith For What? — Part 1
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
Faith works best in a context of unwavering belief and assurance.
“So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6
Faith is sufficient to change even the most improbable circumstances in life. It causes things to obey the words we speak.
“Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Luke 18:42
Faith works to change us to conform to God’s will.
“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32
Faith can fail when it is diminished in us by sin or by doubt and unbelief, but it can also be strengthened by the prayers and faith of others.
“I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8
True faithful expectation of God in Christ’s return is going to be the factor that determines whether Jesus finds us looking for His return by living in the truth of His resurrection or if we have abandoned our faith to walk more closely with the world that denies Him.
For many years and among particular denominations in the Body of the Church faith has been preached, reproached, criticized, preached and taught again and again. But, in all that I have heard over the years I don’t recall much being said on this aspect of our walk of faith as believers.
Now Jesus taught on the subject from a wide range of perspectives. But most of what we have heard usually centers around faith for attaining something, a major goal or often times a material or physical object as well as for miraculous healing of some devastating disease or restoration of breached relationships and the like.
All of these are right and good to do as long as the motive is true and consistent with God’s will for our lives. But what about faith for the everyday things, the things that are not life and death issues but are nevertheless important enough to affect our sense of peace and wellbeing?
Should we have faith for uneventful travel to work, or a parking space when we get there, or faith for a pleasant attitude when greeting our co-workers, or faith to not forget something important that we needed to do or bring with us to the office? How about faith for the kids to have a productive and safe day at school, or faith for lunch and dinner to be well balanced and nutritious?
Should we have faith in God for clear headed thinking when talking to people in order that we don’t miss an opportunity to share our faith and be encouraging, caring, thoughtful or appreciative? Should we deliberately exercise faith to thoughtfully respond rather than react to the unexpected interruptions of our day?
Should we enlist our faith to stay sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit throughout our day so that we can respond quickly to His promptings to be a blessings and to be blessed?
What is our faith for? Is it just to hold on until Jesus returns or is it a dynamic force in our lives that is available to every believer to stimulate us to more and act with energy and zeal to further the cause of Christ in the world and bring His Kingdom’s will to bear on earth as it is in Heaven?
To the former question, No! Our faith is not just a page holder in the book of our life story until all things in Heaven and earth are fulfilled and Jesus returns. To the latter question, Yes! It is a dynamic, powerful life sustaining force in our lives now, that has been given to us to both believe and do the will of the Father, to live our lives more abundantly and be a conduit through which God flows His grace and salvation, His provision and healing to the world.
Faith is for the great and the small, the mundane everyday tasks as well as the super natural events that may come our way at any time. It is both practical and extraordinary, simple and profound. It is the manner by which we live our lives in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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