Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Realities: Part One - Faith

Isn’t it funny that some of the most popular shows on TV are “reality shows”? We Americans are craving reality. We want the genuine, the authentic, and the real. What is the response of the church? According to 1 Corinthians 13:13, there are three things that remain forever. The ultimate reality in Christ is a life of faith, hope, and love. How are we presenting faith to the world and to each other? If we hold true reality then why aren’t the masses drawn to our meetings? When outsiders think of our faith do they think about bad hair, give to get schemes, and overhyped fund raising?
This morning I read this verse that started this whole thought process:

2 Corinthians 1:24 NLT “But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.”

According to this passage the fruit of real faith is joy not a “thing.” I want faith that is part of this eternal trio of faith, hope, and love. If my faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) then what am I hoping for? What are the unseen things of which I need evidence? If just a little more money, power, or possessions will provide answers than why do the affluent need faith?
No, faith is the belief in an eternal love affair between Creator God and me. That faith or internal knowing produces joy. Joy is a sense of acceptance and well being based on God’s promises and not my circumstances. Joy cannot be purchased or traded on the stock market. When we discuss faith let’s discuss it in terms of Jesus and his promises instead of more stuff. We’ve pushed faith that is not a reality…no wonder outsiders don’t want it.
In my next couple of blogs I’ll talk about hope and love.

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