I love Jesus. . .and am not ashamed of boldly professing my Faith. You know why? Because I have been on the mountains, down the treacherous valleys and in between the two, yet even when my eyes flirted with other gods, His gentle whisper nudged me on. My early years in the faith were filled with wonder, expectancy, and downright giddiness.
But somewhere along the line, I settled into being a good church girl—a Bible-study girl who moved into cul-de-sac Christianity, pitched my lawn chair under a shade tree, and waved at other well-mannered believers doing the same. Year after year I hoped, Maybe this will be the Bible study that will make it all better. The truth is, I didn’t even know what the “it” was.
What do you do when your spiritual walk becomes a crawl? When you feel like a disappointment to yourself and to God? What do you do when you realize your once-passionate faith has morphed into a predictable, domesticated belief system?
Sometimes the gap between the faith we long for and the faith we experience seems beyond bridging. We assume that going from where we are to where we want to be is impossible, so we settle in to the land of in-between. We read about the bold faith of others and think, “good for them.” We make peace with passivity because we falsely believe God would never want to use the likes of us anyway. How do we move beyond the safe confines of cul-de-sac Christianity and into the mountain-moving, giant-slaying, lame-man-leaping, adventurous faith?
We must be brave enough to let go of the lies that hold us hostage and take hold of the truths that set us free.
Let go of festering offenses and take hold of forgiving grace. Let go of the preoccupation with self-doubt and take hold of the power-filled promises of God. Let go of comparing ourselves to others and take hold of our uniqueness fashioned by God. Let go of ungrateful grumbling and take hold of unceasing praise. Let go of paralyzing doubt and take hold of fleet-footed faith that’s ready to dance to the daring rhythm of God’s drum.
Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way and the truth and the life.
He wasn’t simply speaking of the eternal life we receive when we leave this earth but the fullness and freedom we can experience in the here and now when we take hold of all He has taken hold of for us.How has your faith changed over the years? It’s time to bring back your roar! Time to beat the drum and blow up your flutes. Begin by boldly talking about your Faith in Jesus. Fan the embers, the Holy Spirit will be there to keep it raging red-hot-for the Kingdom’s sake.