"To be a follower of Jesus, you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life."
- Mike Ayers, Counting the Cost (sermon)
Sunday, August 29, 2004
My son wrote the following last night. It inspired me, so I thought I'd post it. Have a great Sunday!
Hebrews 11:1 says, ?Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.? Faith really is one of the hardest things that we as humans have to learn to practice. We have so much trouble putting our trust in something that we can?t see or physically touch. Faith is not simply knowing that there is a God, but trusting who that God is. It is not knowing what He is or is [not] going to do, but it is being uncertain about what He is doing and being at peace with that. It is giving God all the control and following after him without question. In Hebrews 11:8, it talks about Abraham. ?By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.? Abraham came from a family of great wealth and high respect and left it all because God told him to. Abraham left his fortunes and simply went out into the desert, not knowing where he would end up. He had faith that God would take him through and bring him out alright. Later in the chapter it says that faith conquered kingdoms. Faith is belittling ourselves and letting God be our strength. Through faith, we can do what we are truly called to do. With faith, we can be fearless. Not that we do not fear, but that we know that God is bigger than that fear. Believing with God is one thing, but when you are able to run with God, that is when you reach the fullness of his mercy. That is when we accept what Christ did for us and take advantage of the bridge it created for us.
Albert Pike once said that ?Faith begins where reason sinks exhausted.? This is absolutely true. Faith goes far beyond reason. Reason told Abraham that it was crazy to just step into the desert without a destination known, but faith carried him to Canaan. Reason told David that Goliath would easily crush him, and yet faith carried him onto that field. Reason told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would never fall but by faith he did what God commanded and the walls came crumbling down with a mere yell. Reason told Peter that Jesus was insane when He said ?Follow me.? Faith told Peter that this was no mere man. Reason told Stephen to renounce his Christ but by faith he stood before the Sanhedrin and remained fearless even unto death. Reason only goes as far as a man thinks his limits are. Faith goes to where God?s limits are. And God has none.
One of the definitions of faith is ?a secure belief [in] God and an acceptance of God?s will.? It is being sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that God is very real and that He has a good, perfect and pleasing will. It is being able to go into the darkness if God says so because you trust Him to be with you and to be your light source.
Faith is the most important quality of a Christian because with it God can do everything He intended to do through you. Without it, you are nothing.
The Quote Lady. ?Quotes on Faith?. 1988-2004
Zondervan Publishing. The Student Bible. New International Version. 1993.