Forgive me for my week-long absence. Unexpected life events do certainly draw our attention away from the normal at times.
And what a blessing.
Yesterday, Nick Elizondo shared a message with our congregation.
In a word. Faith.
Nick asked a question which hung gently in the air before landing heavily on each heart.
What actions has your faith caused you to live out?
Using an illustration of being in an airplane with a parachute, Nick drew a picture of the difference between faith and belief.
Looking at the parachute, neatly packed and appearing operable, I can believe it works.
When I wrap the device snug to my body and jump from the plane, I have demonstrated my faith in the parachute.
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)
Has my faith spurred me into action?
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
The writer of Hebrews paints a picture of faith in the eleventh chapter. A beautiful portrait for those who need a visual.
By faith Abel…
By faith Enoch…
By faith Noah…
By faith Abraham…
By faith Sarah…
By faith Rahab…
And the list goes on.
Action produced by faith.
Nick challenged us to imagine the possibility of sitting down to converse with one of these saints of old. Having read their story, the saints may ask us, “So, what’d you do?”
Will our only reply suddenly seem shallow and weak?
We sat around and talked about you.
It’s time to get out of the boat.
For some of us, it means first releasing the tether holding our vessel firmly to the dock.
With the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit we are privileged to possess a faith He delivers and expands.
A faith that walks on water.
Leaving the boat empty of a passenger.
A faith that spurs even a ball-capped boy to rise and step out.
Might we one day have a story to share.
By faith Caleb…
By faith Cristal…