What kind of ‘faith’ do you have?
Faith to stay, or faith to GO?
Most of us have ‘faith’…that’s part of the reason you’re reading this!
But what KIND of faith is it?
Is it safe, secure, comfortable faith–‘faith to stay’?
OR is it bold, daring, life-changing faith–‘faith to GO’?
In the book of Hebrews, the 11th chapter, we read a lot about faith.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (v.1)
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (v. 6)
The rest of that chapter is filled with the ‘Faith Hall of Fame’–examples of people in the Old Testament that put their faith into action, and did amazing things because of their faith…but it isn’t until verse 8 that we start to learn about ‘faith to go’.
Abram was a successful, wealthy man from a wealthy family…very safe, secure, and comfortable in Ur when God called him.
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.”
Did you catch that?
“He went without knowing where he was going…”
God called Abram and said in essence, ‘I want you to leave your father’s family, everything you’ve known, all the comforts and security of home, and GO to where I’ll show you.’
I’m sure Abram thought, ‘uh…sure God…where do you want me to go? Can I see the map, or at least give me the address so I can Google it?’ (or something like that).
But no. God said ‘Go’. I’ll show you as you go.
Abram left everything and followed…THAT is ‘Faith To Go’!
That’s the kind of faith God wants US to have!
I want it!
How do we get it?
One little step of faith at a time.
There is no doubt, after all, that God is always calling us to greater faith. There is no doubt that He wants to embolden our faith. What is in doubt is our willingness.
Fortunately, God is patient and gracious, and will train us at our own pace. For many of us, it may be a small thing right now–a conversation to have, a card to send, some money to give. For others it may be bigger…a purchase to make, a job to take, a move to make.
The point is that God is always trying to develop our faith…and we need to choose to be like Abram. We need to say ‘yes’.
We need Faith To GO!