Do I exercise my faith muscles?

Lately, I’ve been asking myself these questions…

Have I taken any steps of faith recently?

Do I take steps out of my comfort zone?

Am I asking God to provide for my needs?

Living in a country that has abundant resources can often chip away at one’s faith. Even in times of recession we still have more financial resources than most of the world.

I guess what I really want to know is…

Do people know that I am a Christian?

If I never tell them, and they don’t hear me say, “I am a Christian.” Do they know?

Are the words that come out of my mouth different than people that don’t know God?

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone, should be quick to listen, slow to
speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about he
righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19

Do I give more abundantly?

Do I love more fiercely?

Do I take awkward steps of faith that allows God to show up even when your average person might think I’m crazy?

Do I trust that my precious savior will come through instead of worrying about what people might think about me?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – it is a gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8

Does God get the glory and not me when I write, speak, and just live?

After asking myself all these questions, my answer is…

I don’t know, I just don’t know

…and you know what? That answer really scares me.

Nothing exercises faith muscles quite like living on the edge. And, by living on the edge I mean asking God to provide finances when it might seem impossible to give, providing others with our time when it seems like there is no more time in our day, or sharing our testimony with a friend in need who doesn’t know God when they might think we have lost our minds.

Being part of God’s kingdom is living in expectation that that the supernatural will happen. That it will happen not just sometimes, but all the time. It’s allowing God to step into our lives and change us from the inside out.

Then, and only then, will we finally be able to experience all of the riches that a relationship with Jesus Christ has to offer. It is there that we step out of the realm of being only a “Sunday Christian” to a life of abundance where God will direct our paths instead our own self will taking the path of its own choosing.

How about you – are you exercising your faith muscles?  How would you answer these many questions?

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Comments

  1. says

    I am so encouraged by your admonition to live in EXPECTATION. In my frantic, schedule oriented, deadline defined life faith is way to often a last resort. Beautiful post!

  2. Edith Webb says

    Beautiful post, Becky. It seems sometimes my faith grows so weak, I don’t like it that way. I needed this today. You write so beautiful.

  3. says

    Oh Wow! I’m encouraged, convicted, and thinking hard on some of the questions you ask. One thing that strikes me too is are we “providing others with our time”… I think in our crazy society that can be a more expensive commodity, even in a recession, and one that we may not readily give. Thanks for such a thought provoking post.

  4. Teri says

    I feel that I’ve been on a FAITH journey for the last couple if years in MANY areas of my life — BUT you are challenging me to look at those “other” areas that I have not been so willing to be faithful in.

    My hope and desire is to be a light. To NOT wear “christianity” on my sleeve, BUT live a life that shines light, truth, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, patience.

    GREAT message…SO needed to hear these words. =)

  5. Sylvia says

    Absolutely most genuine, most real, to-the-heart blog i’ve read in a while…thank you, Becky!!! Every point, every aspect of your sharing in your KIP is profound and speaks volumes. God has truly lead you to reveal this vulnerability and to touch the lives of others, giving the glory to Him today!! Again, thank you!!!

  6. says

    i really needed to be reminded of this today. I get so busy and so caught up in the daily to-do’s that I don’t stop to think about ‘how’ i may be coming off to others in my little ‘stress bubble’…great post. stirred me to think!

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