God does not call us to live by what we see. He doesn’t tell us in His Word to live by what we’ve experienced either. He actually says the opposite of this in 2 Corinthians 5:7. We are to have faith in the impossible; now that’s faith that honors God.
Just because we have not experienced something doesn’t mean that God isn’t willing. Abraham believed beyond all hope.
Reserved, cautious faith is almost no faith at all.
Faith that climbs out on the ledge, stands far outside of its comfort zone, and declares that even there it believes, is real faith. It is hope and faith in inconceivable things that moves the hand of God. Faith is currency, people! Anything that is not of faith is sin. When we explain away miracles of healing or the like we blatantly sin against our great God, who is the God of miracles. Rolling our eyes when we hear of – but have not seen for ourselves – something unexplainable occurring, is how we show the world we have no true faith in Kingdom ways.
How did Jesus respond to faithlessness while discipling the 12? He asked the father how long he would have to be here and put up with it. I’d say, He isn’t real fond of faithlessness.
Worldly wisdom is not impressive. Degrees and lots of letters after your name amount to nothing in the kingdom. Faith, faith is everything. When we read in the only book that God wrote of the people who came in contact with Him, isn’t it always Abraham, Noah, and Joseph, these true men of faith that impress us?
I believe everything that God said in His Word. I believe the Bible over any wisdom of this age. I have told God that I am completely willing to look a fool to those who clearly disdain Him and also to those in our churches who pretend to believe but in reality are simply today’s Pharisees. And you know what? He has taken me up on my offer many times. And I’m okay with that because He chooses the foolish things to confound the wise.
We pray “on earth as it is in heaven,” and hope to bring the the kingdom to earth. Is there sickness or disease in the kingdom? Is there pain, heartache, mental health issues in the kingdom? Is there aging, loss, anger, …? Do you, like I, get the feeling we’re missing something?
Who do you want to be?
Do you want to be:
A) an educated, well off, highly respected American citizen?
B) a faith-filled disciple?
They may look exactly the same to you and me but they really are two very different things.
The first enjoys a good reputation in this world for about 70, 80, maybe even 100 years. But does little to nothing to please the Lord. The second will be looked down on by the culture and made to feel foolish by those striving for the first. But they live an eternity, an ETERNITY, with the God who they didn’t see on earth yet lived to please. And don’t forget all those whose eternal lives were changed by the bold, brave, God-honoring faith they lived by.
I want to give you permission to be a fool for Christ. I know that sounds weird but what I mean is this, if you’ve had thoughts like these stirring inside of you and you’ve felt like you’re the only one that thinks this way, you’re not alone. Paul himself said in 1 Corinthians 4:10 that dedication to Christ makes us look like fools. I know that we all have gifts that God wants to use. I want to encourage you to step out in faith and live for the kingdom. Don’t let fear of anything, especially looking foolish, stop you from living out the destiny God created you for. Don’t let other’s pride, arrogance, and unbelief rob you of Kingdom living. God has so much more to offer you than this world does. Don’t miss out on any of it. Believe for the impossible. Walk by faith!