I have been thinking a lot about what faith is. An old friend, Mike Yaconelli, used to talk about faith as this wild ride, a reckless adventure. He had this incredible passion for faith and life. When I’m feeling a lackluster in my enthusiasm for this thing called faith. I turn to him and other old favorites to remind me of the joy of this wild ride and put a little adrenaline into my drive for what faith is.
These words were originally written in My Utmost for His Highest. They are double starred and highlighted as are many writings that inspire and challenge me. I return to these types of writings and scripture when I need a boost.
Faith is the heroic effort of your life. You fling yourself in reckless confidence on God. God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us. Now He wants to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him…The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering…Agan and again, you will get up to what Jesus Christ wants, and very time, you will turn back when it comes to that point, until you abandon resolutely…Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense and leap into what He says…Christ demands of the man who trusts Him the same reckless spirit…that is daring enough to step out of the crowd and bank his faith on the character of God. (Oswald Chambers)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV).
Periodically, I need to pause and check my spiritual pulse. I need to remind myself what faith is. I need to remind myself that is not about what I know or what I see. It is about trusting wholly.
How do you know what faith is? What gives you a boost when needed? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.