Walking in Faith & Passing It On
What’s your faith quotient? How strong is your faith?
Luke 18:8 asks an important question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
I’d like to rephrase the question: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith on the earth? If you pay attention to world news – written, audio and visual; if you have conversations with people around you at work, school, community events, or the local grocery store – you would probably answer “Not much.” to that question.
Narrowing the question further: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith in the church? I don’t know about your experience, but it appears to me that the American church seems to give more credence to secular professionals than to God when it comes to personal or national issues; whether it is health problems, marriage issues, financial difficulties, mental health issues, government intervention, joblessness, parenting, interpersonal relationships, etc. For the Spirit-born believer, these are really spiritual issues that need operative faith. But for many, if not the majority of worshippers in the American church, handling these issues often leaves faith out of the equation.
Let’s make this question personal: if Jesus came back today or tomorrow, would He find faith in your heart regarding the issues mentioned above? Would He find you trusting Him for personal, national and international problems that seem to dominate the news and our lives today?
Let’s take a look at how faith is defined in the Bible in Heb. 11:1 :
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. KJV
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” NIV
Faith is not believing in God; it’s believing God.
Faith is a funny thing: you don’t really know if you have it until you need it. It’s only when faced with the opportunity to act on it that you find whether or not you have it.
The Scripture says that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because the person that comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him”. (Hebrews 11:6)
2 Cor. 5:7 states: “We live by faith, not by sight.”
Helen Keller wrote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
When is the last time you did something daring, based on faith, not knowing how it would turn out, but entrusting yourself to God – having full confidence that He is not only able, but willing to see that you get what you are trusting for?
Can your life be described as a “walk of faith”? Or would those who know you best say that you tend to be motivated more by anxiety, stress, fear, doubt and discouragement than by faith? Or do you have so much materially that you don’t have to trust God for provision? You’re walking by sight.
Gideon told his soldiers in Judges 7:17 that things would work out in their military maneuver if they would:
“Watch me and do what I do. When I get to the edge of the [enemy] camp, do what I do.”
All sorts of miracles took place in the Bible – because of someone’s faith. It caused them to step out and do – often not knowing exactly what would come next.
Could you say to those who know your life most intimately, “Watch me and do what I do and everything will be okay?” When it comes to faith, you can’t pass on what you don’t have.
The eyes of faith look for God in the most obscure places –in the midst of the most challenging circumstances. I don’t mean to infer that God causes the sickness, pain, failure, or loss – but that God is there with you in it. That He will bring something good out of it. That He will see you through it. That God keeps His promises to His children – as we appropriate them through faith.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Eph. 3:20-21
”Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 10:41
God wants to bring you from where you are to a better place. But first He needs to develop in you a faith that is worth giving away – a faith-walk that you would not mind someone following, because you know it will lead them into God’s throne room.
Whatever you have faced or are going to face ahead, God wants to use that in somebody’s life besides yours. God wants to use your faith-walk with Him to encourage others.
What does your faith-walk look like? Does the way you live influence those around you – family, friends, acquaintances – to a deeper life of dependence on God or dependence on people?
More than anything else in my life, if Jesus returns, I want Him to find faith on the earth, faith in the church – and faith in me that “. . . is being sure of what [I] hope for and certain of what [I} do not see.”
What kind of faith do you have? What kind of faith do you want?
©2012, Marcy Alves
- Becoming a leader: Model praying with faith (hersandmine.wordpress.com)
- A Faith that Moves Mountains! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
Posted on January 22, 2012, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, God Encounters, My Journey, Reflections and tagged Bible, Christ Jesus, Christianity, faith, faith definition, faith-walk, God, God’s promises, Helen Keller, Jesus, living faith, miracles, Son of man, troubled times, trust, trusting God. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.