Consumer Faith or Committed Faith

This is how we fight our battles. Taking on our foes and defeating our enemy is not a theory or mystery. The word of God tells stories of how ordinary, everyday people trusted in the miracle-working promise and power of God, and saw the victory of God. This week's devos focus on miracles. Because reading and contemplating on God's great power helps us to be more confident in, and expectant of, God working in our battles as our warrior King. So read, pray and fight on!

Read:

"But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. “Acts 9:40

Reflect:

The quicker, the better. We assume for something to be efficient it must be done quickly. Our attention spans have been shortened from watching five second cat videos on YouTube. These days if we don't experience a miraculous move of God, we don't worry, we just move on. 

Spirituality has been captured by a tourist mindset. We will try anything until something else comes along – the newest potential-reaching, destiny-defining psychotherapy successful-living course – whatever is trending. 

One has to ask why was Tabitha healed? She had believed in Jesus, she had been baptized. But so had many others in her day, and they had not been healed or raised from the dead. She served others faithfully, but the same could be said for many who believed as she did. 

So why would Peter go to her house to pray her back to life? She was a learner, not an acquirer of information about God, but an ardent learner of the skill of faith. Tabitha spent her life loving Jesus, learning His ways, and leading others in the same pursuit. Her life was not one of a tourist. 

She was a disciple. One who had learned that truth becomes altogether different when it's put into action. She learned love is never content with words, but always backed by righteous action. Love means days of ministry and nights of prayer. Love means healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and saving the lost.  

Spectators and tourists don't draw the same kind of attention from God as disciples do. A consumer faith is not the same thing as committed faith. We must heed the call to be a fully devoted disciple. 

Respond:

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