Many talk about it.
Many say they have it.
We are exhorted to ‘have faith’ when things aren’t going our way, almost as if it’s synonymous with being optimistic.
That may be nice, but that’s not “FAITH”–not Biblical Faith anyway.
Faith is “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not yet seen” (Hebrews 11:1) This kind of faith is not just a ‘hope’ it’s a hope BASED ON SOMETHING…more accurately, SomeONE–the Lord!
The writer goes on to say, “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)
My question is this:
Is your faith REAL?
I think ‘faith’–i.e. the basic belief in God, and even in Jesus–is crucial (obviously), however I don’t think the Scriptures are encouraging mere ‘intellectual assent’.
After all, James wrote: “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” (James 2:19)
At least the demons’ ‘intellectual assent’ leads them to do something–in this case tremble!
Real faith GOES SOMEWHERE!
It DOES something!
It compels action!
This past weekend, our family (and our church) had the pleasure of having Pastor Solomon Mwisege of Uganda stay with us. He is a man who has learned that real faith is faith that COMPELS ACTION! Not just any action, but Spirit-led action! Real faith starts with the conviction that GOD IS STILL WORKING and that He’s looking for people who will let Him work through them!
I want to be that kind of person.
I want our family to be that kind of family.
I want KCC to be that kind of church.
Where faith is active, expectant, bold and Spirit-led.
I am CONVINCED that the Lord is looking for people to join His work–actively–here.
What about you?