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A View from the Altar / The role of faith
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The role of faith

Faith is believing the word of God to the degree that you’re willing to act on it.  That’s the definition I’ve taught from church pulpits for many years, and it’s still true.  It presumes knowledge, requires trust, and demands action.

The knowledge part of this is where most people believe they’re struggling, but I’m not so sure about that.  There are plenty of things we know we could be doing in the will of God, and we’re not doing them.  It’s not for lack of knowledge.  Lots of inactive people would say they trust in God.  Maybe so.  But there’s an obedience component that’s also required.

The Lord says that without faith, it is impossible to please him. (Heb 11:6)  When we bring in all three components of faith, it’s easy to see why.   We can’t be pleasing to God if we haven’t taken the time to find out what he’s said, nor if we believe his word is false, and certainly not if we’re simply not willing to put things in gear and go.

The Lord gave us a parable about using our small things for him and being given bigger things later. (Luke 19:17)  Many people are just piddling at Christian living because they are waiting on some big revelation.  As I wrote a couple of days ago, they may get such a revelation, and if they do, bless their hearts and I am sincerely glad for them.  For the vast majority, finding the will of God will take them along a different path.  They’ll have to study, search, pray, consider, find facts, do research, apply wisdom, work, toil, take risks, and then trust God, stepping forward to do something the Bible says do, relying on him to make it come out okay.

Of all our thoughts concerning the will of God in the life of the Christian, none is more difficult for us to master than faith.  Some would say this is because faith is a gift, and you can’t just work it up like a kid straining to make his face turn red.  While there’s a grain of truth in that, the notion of faith as nothing but a gift runs the risk of falling into laziness disguised as mystic piety that blames God for man’s indolence.  Why aren’t you doing this or that for Christ?  Well, brother, God just hasn’t gotten around to giving me that ol’ gift of faith yet.

So, while faith is to some extent a gift, it is also like many other things in the Christian life in that it requires us to arise from Lovelace’s couch of perpetual indulgence and get busy.

The great exposition of faith in Hebrews 11 contains an instructive mix of people who acted according to special revelation and people who acted from general moral principle.  Noah and Abraham had special revelations from God.  The parents of Moses simply refused to be complicit in the murder of their own son.  In both kinds of situations, faith took God at his word and acted upon it.  And in both kinds of circumstances, God himself acted to ensure the outcome would suit his purposes and bless his people.  Whether you trust him to do the same thing in your case is the measure of your faith.

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