Monday, 25 September 2017

Just Show Up

Hi, sweethearts of my blogosphere. How was your weekend? Mine was exhausting. Working in a team can be interesting yet annoying. With sleepy eyes I sat to ponder at how committed some of us were while some of us weren't even making any effort.

Sometimes just showing up at an event, for an activity, in a meeting is a step of faith. You know?

Exercise Faith By Actions


There is a difference between simply living with the knowledge that you are a Christian and actively showing up for God. The same way, there is a difference between simply having the title of leadership and actively performing the role.

It's amazing how God uses the minutest things to make big impressions. Sometimes when I painfully can't figure out why things go the opposite direction, or people act in some very weird ways, I see God teaching me something profound.

"Don't worry about recognition - have the humility to offer love and support in the group"

Those were the words I got when few members of the team didn't show up. Considering we were expecting so much from them, I got scared that the project we were working on would be a fail. I was scared because the things to be put in place for a smooth ride were not there. I snapped. I cried silently too.

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Picture this:

*AMT - A Member of the Team

Me: Hey! Why aren't you here yet?
AMT: I'm sorry
Me: Why didn't you call or text?
AMT: Something came up this morning
Me: Who did you tell to cover up for you?
AMT: . . . (silence. Apparently no one)
Me: Now my fear is becoming bigger than my faith. What's going on?!
AMT: Apologies. I wouldn't be able to make it. I believe the other people will show up.

5 minutes later . . .

ATM: For whatever reason never let your fear overcome your faith
Me: Faith without works is dead. The Bible says so. I just hope we all stay accountable to our divine responsibilities.

And as soon as I said that, my heart was stirred. It was a divine insight on the rays of faith.

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We are all busy. We all mess up. We all fail in certain areas. But, sometimes it is best to open up and share your struggles (on time), so that it doesn't appear as though you are inadequate.

Faith doesn't always have to be hard. Exercising your faith doesn’t have to be confusing. You just have to take action in order to genuinely have faith.


If we find ourselves not playing our part or struggling with our roles, it’s a faith problem. Not that we don’t have faith, but that our faith is sometimes weak. And we need to be strengthened!

I thought to share this with you today hoping that you will be inspired to stay strong in faith. Even when others do not cooperate or put some effort, you should keep exercising your faith through your actions. It pleases God.

First, faith is a growing process.

Faith is like a seed. . . planted in your heart. At the appointed time. . . God will give you a mega harvest of what you need just when you need it.

Second, faith is a work-in-progress.

Faith must be an action or it will always be inactive.

Third, faith is a collective effort.

it’s a team effort . . .faith. . . knowing that God’s Word is true . . . and actions which unleash faith into the natural realm.

Fourth, faith will be rewarded. (Heb. 6:10)

Our commitment to bring glory and honour to His name . . . will automatically bring success to ours.

I love this picture

Two Perfect Examples Of Practical Faith

            Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.
            And in the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead(James 2:21-26)

Abraham: A man. Considered to be the father of the Jews. A holy man. He was prepared to sacrifice his only son
Rahab: A woman. A Canaanite from Jericho
A prostitute. She risked her life by protecting Israelite spies

You cannot find two people who are more different! And yet, they both exercised faith by actions.

I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad that Rahab was used in the illustration of practical faith. The Bible be teaching us something. It is telling us that God does not only use purified saints. He uses wretched and vile sinners too. He can use me. And He can use you. Read More About Rahab

What you do matters! The one who claims they have faith without any evidence to support that proclamation is “foolish.” Useless. Ineffective. Unproductive. 

What is faith without action? Not working. Not good. Not fruitful. No life. Dead.

Faith has to act out what it is experiencing on the inside. Real, genuine faith will not just be content in a life of mediocrity – never accomplishing or making a difference for His kingdom. Real faith wants to do better and be better. Real faith shows up itself and overflows to everyone around.

Conclusion

Last week we talked about What Fools Do and we were encouraged to act with wisdom. I guess today is a continuation by showing us that we need faith to act out with wisdom. 

We often dwell on the part that tells us "With God nothing is impossible". Well, how about the part that tells us  . . . "it’s impossible to please God without faith?"

Happy New Week.
Whatever you do, please God first.
Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay inspired.
Love you.


Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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