ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

Faith?  Why bother?  Because you don’t have any choice when it comes to faith.  The reality is you will put your faith in something or someone.  The question is what or who.  Material possessions?  Personal popularity?  Technology?  A political leader or party?  A celebrity?  A sports figure?  Yourself?

 

So, what or who are you putting your faith in?  How do you spend your time and energy?  What is the focus of your life?  What does that tell you about what you truly value in life?  Your priorities reveal what’s most important to you, what you worship, what you put your faith in.

 

Hebrews 11 identifies some outstanding examples of the Christian faith.  It begins by declaring:  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.  It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”  Hebrews 11:1 (MSG)

 

The faith we embrace is the foundation of our lives.  If we embrace a Godly faith, it leads to a life worth living.  If we do not embrace a Godly faith, it leads to a life not worth living.

 

When it comes to faith, two options are to deny or to defy.  Some people think that faith is about denying the reality of the world we live in.  But Biblical faith does not deny the reality of hurt and hardship, discouragement and despair.  Biblical faith does not allow those things to define us.  Biblical faith defies that the bad things of this world will ultimately win out.  It embraces that there is a spiritual realm that we cannot see, but which is real.

 

Biblical faith is about the passionate pursuit to become more and more like Jesus.  When we center our lives in Jesus, we find that when we seek God when our foundation is shaken, it’s often God who is doing the shaking.  It’s sad that it’s this way, but again and again our lives show that we often choose to turn to Jesus only when our lives are starting to fall apart.

 

So, what if you are dejected, despondent, defeated, desperate right now?  What should you do?  Turn to Jesus.  It’s as simple and as challenging as that.  Get to Jesus.  Commune with Jesus.  Live in and for Jesus.  The question is—will you do it?  Will you genuinely put your faith in Jesus as the fundamental fact of your existence, a spiritual reality that transcends the brokenness and selfishness and sin of this world?  About that you do have a choice.

 

-Michael