Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So, I was reading the dreaded Hebrews passage the other day. You know the one, chapter eleven, the faith passage. Most of the time, that kind of reading can make you feel a little like a "faith weany." Yes?
And (remember that I'm using this new interactive attempt at quiet time), I noticed this important pattern. In every place where faith is mentioned, it is followed by a VERB. A DOING word.
By faith, Abel Obeyed.
By faith Enoch pleased God
By faith Noah (built an ark)
Abe offered Isaac
Isaac blessed his sons
Joseph spoke (of the future)
Moses parents (hid the baby)
Moses left Egypt.
See the pattern? While faith isn't an action word. It is the MEANS to action. It is NOT the means to passivity.
Faith and action. Go together. Action happens BY FAITH.
James said something about faith and action, didn't he? You show me your faith and I'll show you my action. (Bette's paraphrase)
I got to wondering what that means. How does faith produce action? If faith comes from God, and action is our part of it, then, is faith our response to God? Our responsive response to God? Our active response to God in our life?
So, I guess I have to ask. What has faith made you do lately?
Good question, eh?
It's almost the Christmas season. I'm taking my laptop to the Mac doctor tomorrow. So, don't know when I'll get it back. In the meantime, I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday season.
Turns out that I finished the novel and turned it in last Friday night. Yahoo! And, the fire investigator who looked at the story says he is extremely impressed with the "page turner" and can't wait to read the whole manuscript. So, that's a good sign. Should be out this summer. I'll keep you posted. Blessings, one and all. And remember the One we celebrate.