Thursday, September 19, 2013

Obedience of Faith




Have you ever heard someone say something that made you stop and say, “Wait, what?” That happened to me this weekend. A conference speaker was teaching about our relationship with God and mentioned we are called to an obedience of faith. But that was it. She didn’t camp out on it, didn’t unpack it a bit, she didn’t even explain what she meant by the expression. She simply said we’re called to an obedience of faith.

My mind began marinating in this idea – an obedience of faith.  I don’t know what the phrase means to her, but God showed me what it now means to me.

God can use every effort
Sometimes I get so consumed by following God the “right way” I stop looking at Him and start looking at my feet. Unfortunately my feet have no idea where they’re going! I can walk one foot after another right off a cliff when left to my own devices. Obedience of faith shows me that as long as I am looking at God, not my feet, He will use every effort for His glory. Do I mean we can give a half-hearted attempt and He’ll honor it? No. I’m saying when we consistently look to Him for direction; we will give a full-hearted effort for His glory.

It’s okay not to know
Do you ever suffer from paralysis of analysis? Those times when you are so uncertain of what God wants that you end up doing nothing?  Me too! He wants us to be active for Him even if we don’t have all the answers. Trusting Him to write our story allows Him to create all the twists and turns life brings with the promise of an amazingly glorious ending only God could deliver. 

I’ve spent too long believing there was only one way to fulfill the hope of my calling. But the idea of obedience of faith has helped me realize that God gives us diverse experiences to make us more mature in our faith. When we trust Him in the things that are not obvious, we grow into a deeper relationship with Him. The road you’re on may not seem to lead you to where you hope to go, but the God you follow can take you anywhere!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

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