I don’t know about you, but far too often my answer to that question is, “Not very much!” Comfort zones have been and continue to be problem areas in my life. Yet this is not the faith Jesus has called us to. He wants us to pursue Him with abandon, press into Him with affection, and proclaim Him with conviction. The call of Christ is a call to a real and radical faith.
Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The faith we are to exhibit is a faith that transforms everything it touches. It is a faith that has no fear in being in a place of absolute failure and utter defeat if God doesn’t show up in a supernatural way to get us through. As my beloved Pastor Tullian once said, “When the only way out is up [to and through the Lord God Almighty], that’s not a bad place to be!”
We are called to a faith that leads us to do what is uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable. It is a faith that causes us to love the unlovable. It is a faith that causes us to reach out into the unknown rather than retreat to a place of safety and security.
How different would your life be right now if you didn’t have Jesus in your life? Did Jesus come into your life and turn your whole world upside-down? Or would those who know you say they haven’t seen much change in you since you trusted in Christ?
Please understand that I don’t ask you these questions to make you feel guilty or discouraged. I ask them of you because I ask them of myself. I hope they will cause both you and me to examine ourselves and see if our hearts are beating for the Savior . . . or the self.
Do you remember the story of Jesus sending out His disciples without any supplies for the journey (Luke 9:3)? What do you think Jesus was teaching His disciples—and us? We are to be living in a way that requires—even demands—faith, so that we can live totally unto God and not ourselves.
If God doesn’t have to come through for us in what we are doing, is it worth doing at all? If the task is simply not big enough for our God, then we ought not to be doing it! We must be willing to surrender all—our security, our satisfaction, our success—for the cause of His kingdom and simply trust and rely on the One who has raised us from death to life.
So what are you doing right now that requires faith? Living in this place is the only place where life has true meaning, significance, and purpose.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!