What do you truly believe about God? It’s not what you affirm, not what you sing about, or even what you lift your hands to. It’s what you actually live out.
There are two elements of faith that walk hand in hand, not entirely the same, but not entirely different. One is characterized by the moment when belief steps into the realm of risk and sacrifice. The other is exemplified when belief moves past affecting you, and begins to affect others through you. Both however, are matters of choice.
I was thinking recently on the conversation I had with Heath Adamson last month. As he was talking about living out the Kingdom of God, he made mention of the account of Philip in Acts chapter 8. Here Philip was preaching in the city of Samaria. Many miraculous signs were performed. Demons were cast out, and many who had been paralyzed were healed. Men and women were believing on the name of Jesus and being baptized. But at a certain point, the Holy Spirit led Philip out of the city–away from the multitude and the revival–and into the desert to speak to one man.
As Mr. Adamson put it, one man in the desert carried just as much significance to the Kingdom as the multitude in the city. We readily believe that God so loved the world, but I think we miss how radically He loves the one.
I know that I have said this before in one form or another, but maybe the greatness of what God wants to do is not about what’s coming, but about His sons and daughters taking radically what is already here…His Spirit…His love.
Hear me on this: It is not a move of God that the world needs, it’s a move of His people. The lame, the lost, the broken–whoever it is that needs God–doesn’t need me to pray for revival. He needs me to love him with the same radical heart as my Father.
The Holy Spirit has always loved radically. And if love is always in action, and not merely in word or thought, then the Spirit has always moved radically. So then, every great move of God has not been about what the Holy Spirit started doing, but about what His people started doing with Him.
What do I believe about God? I believe that every word from my Father is truth. I believe His Spirit is in me to make that truth reality…in my life and in others’. And when I risk, when I sacrifice, when I choose to love the one with the same love as my Father, His Spirit moves…radically.