Saturday, March 20, 2010

What does a life of faith look like?

In Hebrews 11 we find this definition of faith: "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It sounds like an internal thing - believing in something or hoping that event will pass. Faith seems to just be a cerebral activity.

However, the rest of the chapter relates past heros of faith in the Bible who all DID something. They usually pursued something that did not initially make a lot of sense: like Noah, who built a boat while living on a desert, like Abraham, who left the familiar and went to an unknown place for his inheritance, like Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt instead of enjoying the life of a prince etc. These people took extraordinary action because what they believed moved them to act.

Their faith was not merely internal; it manifested itself in big decisions and behaviours, often resulting in significant consequences to their lives.

What does our faith propel us to do today? What is the task at hand calling us out of the ordinary and commonplace and into the unknown place where God will be pleased with our faith?

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