Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
So much of being a believer is faith. We are told to have faith and keep faith and share faith. But something is missing. What does it actually mean to be faith? To live faithfully?
It’s simple, really. It’s not that hard of a concept to grasp. Being faithful means trusting in His plan and His timing and His methods. The idea itself is not tricky to understand. But living it out daily is a different story.
Often we think of faith as big, humongous, marvelous, show-stopping acts of selflessness. We imagine lights and majesty and the miraculous and people to “ooh” and “aah” over it. And yes, sometimes those big, huge, amazing things happen. But more often than not, faithfulness happens with the small. With the mundane. With what we have instead of what we dream of having.
Because of this, it’s likely that we’ve missed opportunities to be faithful. We’ve become so focused on grandeur, that we’ve missed being able to love someone. We’ve missed being able to speak words of truth. We’ve missed being able to live by example. We’ve missed the opportunity to be the answer to someone’s prayer as God designed us to be.
God is not impressed by show or taken aback by the spectacle of it all. He is impressed by humility. In fact, He craves humility. He is not unclear about this in His word. It is everywhere. Jesus is always using the poor, the unseen, the outcast, the humble to show people what faith is.
Sometimes we feign being faithful. We talk a big game and pretend like we are doing what we are made to do. And then we complain when things don’t happen our way or in our time. But maybe God denies things for us because we are not being faithful. Maybe we are not chasing His goodness without abandon. Maybe we are not thirsty enough for His change.
He promises wonderful, big, marvelous, show-stopping lives for us. He promises the miraculous of His grace. All we have to do is live with love and forgiveness in our hearts. All we have to do is live faithfully.
Faithfulness is being patient with God’s timing. It is living our best for Him, day in and day out. It is loving our neighbors and praying for our friends and enemies. Faithfulness is trusting in a plan that is bigger than ourselves. It is chasing after Jesus. It is striking the ground over and over and over again, and believing without question in His Love for us.
“Come to me with your ears wide open.
Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
See how I used him to display my power among the peoples.
I made him a leader among the nations.
You also will command nations you do not know,
and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey,
because I, the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” [Isaiah 55:3-5]