Faith is not a feeling or event. It is not an experience or circumstance. It is, and it always will be, a choice. Therefore, faith is always there–ready to affect change, ready to reveal the Father–no matter what the feelings or circumstances may be. I’ve often said that simply put, faith is choosing to act on the Father’s heart. What I have learned in the last few years is that the choice of faith makes God known, but not just to others. My action of faith reveals God to me.
About a year ago, I wrote what is probably the most satisfying post I’ve written, of Risk and Knowing. I felt at the time, that if I had never written anything else to you, I would have been contented to at least have written that.
Why? That’s a good question. I wish I had good answer. Suffice to say, I am discovering a lot in the introspection of my own risks and failures. But I am resolute in this: the heart of my Father longs for me to discover Him…He longs for us to discover Him.
Why then does He not just reveal Himself to the world? Jesus’ disciples actually asked a similar question. “How is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” they asked (John 14:22).
Jesus’ answer was simple, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23). I’ve said before that we will never understand something that we don’t live out. It should stand to reason then, that we won’t truly understand something until we live it out. In the past, God spoke by His prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His own Son (Hebrews 1:1-2). How will we know Him unless we honor Him and follow?
I think one of the weightiest words in the bible is the word, called. It is the Greek word, klesis. It means, an invitation to take responsibility for a particular task or relationship. We are called. We are invited. But the responsibility to answer, the responsibility to follow, lies solely on us. And just like in a marriage, covenant is not satisfied by one simple “I do”, but in a life of them, so also our covenant with God through Christ is not satisfied by a singular “yes, Lord”. On the contrary, we are called to a life of them…a living yes to our Father.
You see, in His great love for us, God has taken on the responsibility of paying the price for our redemption, of transforming us into the image of His Son, of putting His Spirit in us to seal us as His own and to empower us to make Him known. But the responsibility of yes–the choice of faith–lies completely in our hands.
Hear me…believing in Christ will cost you nothing. Following Him will cost you everything. Every opportunity to choose faith over fear, to choose action over apathy, to live out the love of Jesus, to take a chance on the leading of the Spirit–every single opportunity is a risk. It will cost you something. But the life of risk embraced is the life of revelation lived.
As I’ve written before, it is good and right to risk ourselves on account of the Father’s heart. Because there is an intimacy with God that we will never know until we follow Jesus into what we don’t know…until we choose to meet the edge of what is safe and comfortable, and step past it.
Faith is a choice. It is the Father’s heart to reveal. It is our responsibility to risk.