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Tangible Consistent Faith

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Faith without works is dead. That’s a quote from James the brother of Jesus.

It is one thing to say we believe in Jesus. It is a different thing to trust him in a specific situation where we feel unsafe.

 

Put your money where your mouth is. That expression became popular in the 1930s. It is one thing to talk about what you are going to do or what you believe. It is a different thing to put your own money behind a plan or a cause. It separates those who mean business from those who are just talking.

As I live and learn to follow Christ, many opportunities have been provided for me to put my faith into action, to put it to the test. But the most consistent and tangible one has been the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is.

 

Two weeks ago I got up and gave a message to our church about the feeding of the 5000. During that message I said, “Jesus is trying to get across this big point. God will provide. That’s what he’s trying to drive deep into his disciples. That’s what he’s trying to drive into us. You will be taken care of if you just trust God. That seems like insanity in our world. If I just trust God, I am going to be taken care of? Yes. That’s what Jesus is saying. ‘You are safe if you trust me’.”

 

That’s easy enough to say on Sunday when I am in front of the church and excited about an amazing miracle that happened a long time ago. Can I say the same thing when I am looking at my bank account on Monday afternoon? In that moment, I know what God is asking of me. He is asking me to give away at least ten percent of my money to help other people. But I know how much stuff costs. I know there’s a Costco trip later in the week. I know my kids need braces. Christmas is coming up. I don’t see where all the money will come from.

 

Put your money where your mouth is, Isaac. Faith without works is dead.

 

Will I hit send? Yes. Not because my faith is so strong, but because I want my faith to be stronger more than I am scared I won’t have enough money. I take a risk and trust God.

 

Do you think it’s boring to be a Christian? This is where the adventure comes in. This is the most consistent and tangible opportunity God has given me to bring my faith to life.

 

 


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