Thursday, March 10, 2011

Faith/Belief

Faith.

Belief.

Are they the same thing?

Not quite.

When I pull up to an intersection, I believe that when my light turns green, the other lights will stay red.

I believe it. That’s how it’s supposed to work. That’s what I’ve been told. What I’ve learned.

But that belief only becomes faith when I drive through that intersection.

When my belief turns to action.

When my foot hits the gas, that’s faith.

Right now, you’re at a stop light. A crossroads.

You have a choice.

You can simply believe. Keep your foot on the brake and sit there with knowledge of who God is and what Christ has done for you. Not let it impact your life at all.

Or you can hit the gas. You can make a move. Allow yourself to have faith.

Tell God, “God, I know you’re there, so I don’t want to stay here. Show me where you want me to go.”

And then go. Do what he wants you to do. Be who he wants you to be.

Without second-guessing. Without questioning him.

That’s faith.

It’s a choice. It’s an action.

You can believe and not have faith.

You can sit at this intersection forever.

Or you can step out in faith and allow your life to change. Forever.

So...

Do you have faith, or do you simply have belief?

8 comments:

  1. Love this. Faith is belief in action.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Great explanation! Profoundly simple and yet so important for true growth!!!

    :-)
    - a girl & her books

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  3. Love this, Rachel! It's absolutely right on!

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  4. Barbara HutchesonMarch 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Thanks! Wonderfully stated :)

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  5. Love the relavent illustration. Thanks

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  6. I love this post. A lot. And I think that you and me? Could clink drinks and talk for a really looooong time. I'm so happy that I read this tonight!

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  7. this is really true and a great reminder for me. I don't think twice about my faith in green lights, so why do I have such a hard time trusting God? I think it's because I don't believe him. I am reading more of my bible and focusing on BELIEVING what it says. Thanks for this post.
    (Found you through Kludgy Mom. )

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  8. I love this. Particularly because it deals in part with the argument that it's not faith if it's supported by reason or "too much" reason. You can have all the evidence you want of every aspect of the Christian doctrine but when it comes down to it, the transition from belief to action (or even from a sound theory to something seriously believed in) is a leap of faith.

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