But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Thought for the Day: Work faith
I love 3D movies. They have characters and images that jump right off the screen and come at you unexpectedly. It is a different experience than going to a regular 2D movie. Yesterday I went to church and listened to what seemed to me to be a 3D sermon. My hand hurt from taking so many notes during that time. The words our pastor spoke jumped out at me just as those 3D characters seem to do. I write my thoughts and devotions each morning, and admittedly there are days that I struggle in my writing. I write about my faith and I write about the assurances of God. There are days I look back at my writing for the day and have thoughts in wonder about how strong my faith really is. During the sermon, our pastor spoke of John Wesley. At one point in his ministry he shared with a friend that he felt he didn’t need to preach anymore because he didn’t feel he had the faith to continue. His friend, Peter Bohler said, “Preach faith until you have it, and then because you have it you will preach faith.” In my heart I heard, “Write about faith until you have it, then because you have it you will write about the faith.” I seem to have so many questions about where God is leading me in my faith journey and most of the time, I am unsure about where He is leading me. I ask for that clear hand to appear before me and lead me through, but I seem to not see it. Where is it?! Where is that “3D” hand reaching out to me?!
The sermon by our pastor was wonderful in that it made me first think that I am not alone in my faith questions. Everyone has those questions about faith. But, as our pastor stated, that is what church is for. It is for having questions in our hearts and working with other believers to find the answers. We never need to stop working to find answers to the questions. He said the answers are found in “motion”. “Build” yourself up on your faith. “Pray” in the Holy Spirit to carry us into the presence of God. “Live” and act in the love of God, then you will secure your faith. “Work” your faith….KEEP MOVING! I came out of church, after listening to the sermon twice, with a new outlook and a new excitement for finding the answers to questions. I want to “write faith until I have it”, and I want to “have faith to write the faith”.
Prayer: Father God! Today we praise you for letting us have our Church to teach us about our faith. We have so many questions, Lord, and in that gift of Church, you open up so many opportunities for us to be in the company of friends searching for faith answers. Be with us and lead us through our faith journey. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those Struggling in their faith