“So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; . . .” Acts 15:30
We do what we believe, everything else is just religious talk. The depth of our personal faith is revealed in what we are willing to risk for expansion of His Kingdom. True relationship is manifested whenever we place Christ ahead of our comfort and concerns.
If we were to ask Paul how he defined total commitment and absolute surrender to Christ, he might answer, a true disciple is one who's bet his or her whole life that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, and who has staked all on their friendship with God.
When we play it safe, our faith atrophies and eventually dies out. So then, the surest way to measure the strength of our faith is by determining what are we willing to give up for the sake of Christ. Nothing else reveals it as clearly as our willingness to sacrifice for His sake. Every other expression of our faith falls short.
Faith is not revealed in our eagerness or enthusiasm, they are momentary emotions. It is not revealed in our doctrine or theology, those are an exercise of academia. It is not revealed in church attendance, that’s a matter of self-discipline. In fact, all of these may mean nothing at all.
The New Testament teaches that the heart of faith is risk. In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, the heroes and heroines are honored for their risk to launch out and trust God without reservation. The hall of faith in the book of Hebrews reiterates there’s no reward without risky faith. By faith they toppled kingdoms, made justice work. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage into advantage, won battles, and routed armies.
The greats undertook great tasks, they faced uncertainty as to the outcome. In simple God-fearing trust, they set their vessels out into uncharted waters and trusted their souls to God. They held fast to the promise that God’s eyes are on those who trust Him. Now it’s your turn.
How would you describe your faith?