Change Challenges Our Faith
For me, serving in ministry for so many years, the verse that always speaks to me is
Hebrews 13:8 it says “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
God is perfect and doesn’t need to change but we do need to change.
I have gone through changes and as I’ve started to get older there are some changes I don’t agree with, like the things God is changing about my body, like losing hair. When I was young, before I was a Christian, I used to look in the mirror and see Tom Selleck and now I look and think who is that?
Another change in my life is my daughter is about to leave and go off to college. Most likely she’ll never live with us the way she does now again. When it’s your firstborn and your baby girl these can be permanent changes that hurt your heart.
Genesis 12:1-3 says “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abraham had challenges and blessings that came from them.
Some challenges included God telling him to get out of the country. Sometimes God will tell us to get out of the place that we’re in if our faith has become stagnant and not moving forward.
He is told to leave his family and friends without knowing where he was going. This was a permanent thing God was going to do in his life.
Faith is always moving forward and you can’t have great faith without great challenges. We can oftentimes get fixed on fear or anxiety but God shares the blessings that will come from the change in the very same verses He shares the challenges. We still experience the far reaching and abundant blessings he gave to Abraham and those are the kind of blessings we want.
God wants to challenge our faith. Our faith is a full-time faith not a part time faith. Part time faith is saying “I’m still in control of things and in control of how deep I want my faith.” With part time faith, there are only little blessings given, nothing compared to the huge blessing God gave Abraham and the blessings we want in our life.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 says I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Full time faith rewards are eternal!
Hebrews 11:6 says “And 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.”
He rewards full time faith.
We make plans for the year of conferences and outreaches and other things but God has a greater purpose for these things. Even for me with IT equipment God’s purpose is to spread the Gospel to people all over the world.
I hope at the end of my life; my tombstone wouldn’t say “Here lies Tony, He was a heck of an IT guy” but would rather say, “Here lies Tony, he loved Jesus, he served Him fully.”
I was recently watching an interview with Danica Patrick and they were talking about fitness. The interviewer asked her when her rest days are and she said I don’t have rest days. And I thought that’s how I want to be with my faith, I don’t want to take rests or breaks from my faith. Let our prayer be to have that kind of full time faith.