I’m told in Hebrews that, “the fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd” (11.1).
Sometimes I’m really cynical, so I don’t want to believe this kind of stuff because I want to believe it with conditions attached. So I sometimes think that faith only works if I give something up.
And I guess that’s true.
Faith only works if I give up worldly reason. It only works if I stop caring about what others think. It only works when I abandon the traditional way of doing something. Faith only works when I take a risk. It only works when I make a move.
And maybe that’s the entire idea behind faith: action. I could talk about something all day, but nobody’s going to know that I believe it until I act on it.
If faith is evidence of things unseen, then when I don’t live by faith, am I walking blindly? I suppose I’m really no different than the Pharisees in John 9. I claim that I can see, but I’m not really living like it.
I think what I need to change to stand in the league of faith-filled crazies with my ‘ancestors’, is that I need to start putting my faith where my mouth is.
Faith isn’t words. Faith is action.
*photo via here.