faith in action.

Faith is by no means a passive thing. Faith is an ACTIVE thing.
Some may treat it like it’s a “get out of jail free” card for lack of action – but real, deep-rooted faith is a matter of action in and of itself.

It was an interesting morning here in the North Eastern and Midwest United States; we were covered by a blanket of pretty thick fog when I woke up this morning. As I drove into work through this fog, 2 Corinthians 5:7 has weighed heavily on my heart and mind, as it has these last few weeks – that we walk, or we live by FAITH, not by sight.

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A number of things in this seemingly simple sentence have been eye-opening to me, but today I am so moved by the wording selected. Choices of words in the Bible, and how things were worded, are not coincidental. These words, even the ones that seem insignificant, are by no means insignificant. And in the case of 2 Corinthians 5:7, while the word FAITH is obviously a very significant word, I am struck by the significance of these two words (depending on the translation you read): WALK or LIVE.

Neither of these words implies anything passive or motionless. Walking is an active action of putting one foot in front of the other and is a voluntary action of the body. Living is by no means implying merely existing; no, living is closer to thriving than it is to surviving. If something is alive, it has purpose, meaning, and it is growing or maturing into new forms of itself. These words are driven by action, movement, and momentum. They are driven by growth and, usually (hopefully), forward movement.

Our faith was never meant to be something that allowed us to cast everything to the wind and free fall. It was meant to be an action of casting ourselves into the care of our God and allowing Him to guide our steps (Proverbs 16:9). It is an action of trust in our God, no matter the circumstances surrounding us. It is an action of praise and worship in storms, an action of seeking His face in the darkness, an action of actually moving…

Similar to my drive this morning, I couldn’t see very far ahead, and yet I had faith that I was moving in the right direction. Granted, I was relying on my own instincts and understanding as these are roads I drive every single day, but I trusted that I knew where I was going – which in life, I don’t recommend (Proverbs 3:5-6). I knew approximately when I would reach traffic lights, other intersections, and major land marks; I essentially had faith that these things would be there. Had I not had faith or trust that those things would be there, there would be no reason to keep going there. If I didn’t trust that the road would be there when I got farther than my line of sight, why keep going? But I trusted that they would be, even if I couldn’t see them yet. So actively, I kept pressing forward. So actively, we should keep moving in response to our faith in the Lord and His promises; we should keep growing and pursuing Him in that faith – even when we cannot see Him or where His will is going.

Your faith is not you doing nothing. Your faith is trusting and relying on the Lord, on the Holy Spirit to WALK with you, but something about you will keep moving and continue growing as you are transformed from glory to glory…

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Prayer: Father God, I pray that our faith is more than anthems this morning. More than just the songs we sing in praise to You. I pray that our faith draws us to action, to a LIFE, Lord Jesus. Jesus, You told us you died so that we could have LIFE and have it abundantly and I pray that for each of us today – life that grows and moves in Your Spirit. I pray for faith full of life that doesn’t just exist, but thrives in each one of us as the hearts that beat in our chests. May we be children that actively praise you, Father, and actively seek You and Your will in faith, even when the fog keeps us from seeing Your face and Your will clearly. And I pray this all in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Aaaaand, here’s another song for you to read and pray out with me today. Have faith in these things we belive:
“We believe” by Newsboys

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit

And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the vail!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe!

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