Faith is much more than believing in a God we can’t see, and whose existence we can’t prove. Faith is getting to know this invisible God and sharing a history with Him that makes a Godly or heavenly impact on this visible world.
I gleaned this idea from one of Miguel de Unamuno’s essays on Faith. He noted that the Bible often says a man and a woman married, then they knew each other, and soon they had offspring.
I was sharing this thought with Pastor Mike over lunch a few days ago and he said he wished he had a written version, so I’m writing it down now.
It’s been an obvious theme to think about today, on Christmas, 2011. But now that the sun has set on Christmas and the day is over, our next holiday will be New Year’s Day, about a week from now. I was sitting in the car and waiting for JoAnn while she shopped, and I wondered, “”Is is really a new year? Or is it just a new date on the calendar?”
Suddenly I recalled a challenge God gave ma years ago.
You’re never going to do what you’ve never done before until you do what you’ve never done before.”
In the last year, I’ve been finding many new ways to get to know God by going out into daily life and looking for ways to make memories with God. Sometimes I’ve prophesied over people in the marketplace, just as I’ve done in church for years. Of course, I’ve adjusted my style to suit whatever environment I’m in, just as I’ve done in the variety of churches where I’ve ministered.
It’s gotten easier and easier, and I shouldn’t be astonished t God’s faithfulness, but again and again I am because it resurfaces in surprising ways.
As we step into 2012 next week, I’ll be looking for new ways to get to know God. I look forward to giving myself to Him in new ways, and making adventurous memories with Him.
Who knows what tangible impact God can make through any of us as we know Him?
So faith is much more than just believing in a God we can’t see. Faith gets to know this invisible Creator, and when we do, He creates or begets something that makes a tangible impact on this visible world. Accept nothing less.
Stan Smith :: © 2011, GospelSmith :: http://www.GospelSmith.com