“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ”
~ A. W. Tozier
We hear a lot about faith now days. People often say, “I have faith for _____ “, or “Just keep the faith”.
But what is faith?
Tozier says, faith is a living, flaming thing leading to deeper acts of surrender and obedience.
For five days I lay in bed. I just had surgery. I had to rest. It was difficult putting on hold all my so-called, important business.
Still, it was there God reminded me...
Being busy isn't the same as obedience. Running around doing good isn't always the same as fulfilling the God-call He has placed within us.
He cares about our motives. He wants His glory to be center of all we're doing.
Still, we live in a society that prides itself on independence and individualism. It is here the very thought of submitting and getting lower under the discipleship and authority of God can remind us of how other carnal humans might have failed or betrayed us.
It is then, “obedience” can sound like a cuss word.
God showed me on my recovery bed how He wants us to imitate Him, serve motived by His praise, live (not for other people or congregational accolades) but flamed by real faith...faith that submits and obeys because we love Him and seek alone, His praise.
He showed me James' take on true faith.
Still, I think we can question what God-obedience looks like. Isn't it often...
Scripture tells us, it's not enough to believe. Even demons do that. What separates us from the enemy as Missional Women is that we are washed in the blood and living a life of surrendered obedience, while clothed in His righteousness.
So, let's stop masking our complacency with good intentions. Let's stop justifying our own apathy, by blindly believing, thinking good thoughts or having good intentions, is all we need to glorify God.
Five days of staring straight up at the ceiling taught me, going through mindless busy motions doesn't always equal God-led obedience.
The true firey faith Paul talks about will follow in surrendered works, producing living fruit that others can see.
Dietrich Bonheiffer once challenged boldly, “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”
What is the sermon each of us are called to go and live out today?
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