Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Faith Hurts

Faith is three days on a donkey to stab and burn your son, because God told you to do it. Every step is a choice of faith.

Faith is giving up your job to follow a homeless Galilean. Every day away from your income is a choice of faith.

Faith is walking up to your enemies and letting them strip you, beat you, and nail you to a cross. Every moment of non-resistance is a choice of faith.

Kierkegaard makes a good point about faith. It is in the choice that we make to obey the calling, and the choice we make with each and every movement. Abraham had to choose to saddle the donkey and stay on it all day. He had to choose to make camp and sleep next to his son. Then do it all again the next day, and the day after. Every action was a choice.

The disciples had to choose to give up their income. Every day they could provide less for their families. Every day was a choice.

Jesus didn't have to go to Jerusalem, but he did. He could have stayed in the north and continued to preach. But he went into danger because of his faith. Every step to Jerusalem was a choice. Every provocation of his enemies was a choice. Every moment he stayed in the open was a choice.

What's your faith like? Can you feel the knife at your belt and your son's hand in yours while you walk and walk and walk?

"For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham." Rom 4:16