#LiveYourFaith Blog – Faith
Growing up a hill away from our church made it pretty easy for us to get there each and every Sunday. Attending weekly church and saying our prayers was as regular in our family routine as the nightly news. Only as I’ve grown and done the exhaustive, often times frustrating task of finding a new church home in the many places I’ve resided, have I realized the struggles of creating my own routine. Sunday mornings, and thereby church, now conflict with many running events in which my husband and I participate, or frequently are spent traveling back home from wherever our lives have taken us.
As we are on the heels of celebrating Easter, a time to reflect on God’s love for us humans, I find myself reflecting on the Easter message: God sent His son, Jesus, to die for us to ensure forgiveness of our sins, and then Jesus literally came back to life but a few days later, hung around with some folks, and went up to heaven to create a place for us to live with him in eternity. Insert a pause. Go ahead and re-read that summary. Oh, and Jesus was birthed by a virgin here on earth a few thousand years ago.
According to Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Pastor Prigge commonly states that all people have faith in something, even if it’s faith that a higher power, or God, or whatever label you’d like to insert, doesn’t exist. For Christians, we have faith that all that totally crazy stuff in the paragraph above actually happened, exactly as it is written in the Bible. Our pastor also commonly asks ‘why would I expect to be able to comprehend God? Shouldn’t God be greater than my earthly confines, knowledge and ideas?’ I can’t explain a virgin giving birth any more than I can explain how a man came back to life after being dead for a few days. And that, dear reader, is where FAITH comes in!
Faith is given to us through the Holy Spirit in baptism, cultivated through communion, through church and all her members. My faith grows when I’m challenged in my earthly life, when I get to talk about my beliefs for the sake of this blog, or in conversation with friends and family. I can best describe faith as a process, or a journey. Wrong turns, bumps, pot holes the size of volcanos, road kill, flat tires, falling asleep at the wheel and distracted driving are often times a part of this journey. Christianity is not easy. Faith is not a constant. God is not defined by logic.
Faith in Jesus Christ, however, should give Christians something to write home about. Galatians 5:22, 23 really says it best, in how all Christian’s should function in the earthly world, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Maybe it’s time for a routine check in with yourself, as you continue to ebb and flow through your own faith journey, whatever faith that may be!