Oct 12, 2013
I was at another church this past Wednesday evening. A Youth Minister friend was out of town for the week (On his honeymoon… Congrats Brian and Paige) and he had asked me to cover for him with his youth group. I was happy to.
I did a study on Hebrews 11. There are some neat insights in those 40 verses, but I want to look at the first one. The first verse gives the writer’s definition of FAITH … “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1 KJV)
You know, it was years before I finally understood what the writer was saying. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard a pastor friend give his audience this paraphrase and definition of FAITH… “Faith is believing something is so, when it isn’t so, so that it becomes so, because God said so.”
Let that soak in for a moment. Faith believes when all logical evidence says otherwise, but you work toward the goal anyway because God said it was going to happen.
God told Noah, “It’s going to rain and come a huge flood. So build a big boat.” Now at this point in history it had never rained. But Noah started to build his boat, hundreds of miles from any body of water.
Think what his neighbors were asking… “Hey Noah, what’cha doing?”
“I’m building a boat. The LORD said it is going to rain.”
“Rain? What’s that?”
“I’m not sure, but He said there was a huge flood coming.”
God told Abram to leave his home and go to a land He would show him.
“Where Ya going, Abe?”
“I don’t know, God told me to go.”
Those guys and others did not question God; they did what they were told. They believed God. They had faith that God would do what He said He would do. They acted on that faith. That’s what Jesus was telling us in the Sermon on the Mount. “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.” Then He reminded his followers and commanded them, “Go ye therefore…”
We hold a truth, THE TRUTH. It must be shared. The command to go is better translated “As you are going…” I don’t have to go to a foreign land. I don’t have to go out and knick on doors. But…I can give to enable others to go, I can pray and encourage those who are going. Most of all, I can be His witness as I go about my daily life. That’s what and where the bulk of us go. Your personal mission field is composed of the people you encounter each day. And whether we want to or not, we are HIS witnesses. The question is not to whom do we witness, it is what kind of witness will we be.
Jesus said he would return. Do we really believe that? Actions speak louder than words.
He has risen indeed!