For so long, I have wrestled between two camps when it comes to my faith. I desire for faith to be a black and white issue. If you have faith, then xyz. If not, abc. I would love a clear-cut definition of faith. I’ve read Hebrews 11:1.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
But then flip your Bible over to James 2:17 & 26.
17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
So, now faith has gone from believing something to doing something. I can believe that God is going bless me financially. But, if I believe those things and sit inside my own little world, how can I expect God to move, to do anything? Sure, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He can compel the Publishers Clearing House people to show up on my doorstep after the Superbowl with a check for $10 million. Or I can cultivate the talents that God has placed inside of me and use them. I can volunteer; I can find a job that will allow me to use my talents; I can do a multitude of things.
In the same vein, if I believe that God can use me to change the world, shall I sit in my house, watching television, reading fiction novels, or shall I begin to prepare myself? Read the Bible, become well-versed in current events, discover that thing that makes my heart beat, enroll in classes. That way, when God opens the door for me, I will have some tools in my tool belt to use.
Can I be completely honest here? (Since this is my blog, I’ll go with yes.) I’ve been struggling with the balance of these things since I returned to NJ. I knew that it was time to return to NJ. When I came back, I had interviews scheduled. I was instantly grafted into a church. I thought that the transition was going to be smooth…seamless. Instead, my mom’s best friend died. I put out hundreds of resumes, and only had about 4-5 interviews. And no offers until last week.
God blessed the work of my hands during this time, though. Only He could have given The Sanctuary and me the favor with the Voorhess Township officials. Only He could have given us the reputation of being “a great addition to the township.” But, God could not have given us this favor or this reputation had I not made the scariest phone call of my life…to get us involved in the halloween activity.
All that being said, what I’ve learned is that faith without works is dead. My life, and the life of my church is evidence of this. I believe that God is going to do great things through my church and through me, but we have to be willing to do the hard work. First. The Israelites had to step into the Jordan before it parted. And into the Red Sea.
So, what’s holding you back from dipping your toes into the water?