How strong is our faith?
How strong is our faith?
By Bro. Ng Lian Koon
While contemplating what to write, the urge to pen something makes me think of this topic “How strong is our faith?” but it is very wide and can be very deep. So how do I start?
What is faith? Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1). Hebrews 11 is a chapter on faith in action. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).
When we were small, we used to enjoy car rides. However, after a long arduous journey, our boredom started to creep in. We would keep asking our daddy “Are we there yet?”. Sounds familiar? Our faith will wear thin after the same monotonous journey for some. Others may enjoy the long roller coaster ride and yet others may experience many bumpy rides. Whatever the situation, we will have to go through life. Are you ready? Of course, all of us, whether we are ready or not, must go through stormy weather with some days that are bad and some days that are okay. We must be readily prepared with God’s guidance and help. Amen
I was thinking what our scorecard would be when we are asked by God. We always say we will do the best for God – really? All the time? Every moment? Hahaha. Well as humans we will say at times we do not perform well. Understandable. So how can we measure up to God’s standard?
Once a little boy prayed that he wished to have a skateboard. He prayed hard but there was still no skateboard. He tried again and again until he decided that it would be easier to take things into his own hands. So, he stole one and then prayed for forgiveness. Hope we do not go to that extent.
Back to the scorecard or KPI (Key Performance Indicators), are we ready to be measured by God on our faith and commitment? We all know where we stand but do not think highly of ourselves than we ought to be (Rom 12:3). If measured, will we be like the servant who was given one talent, two talents or five talents? Will we be passed by God to be a faithful servant or a mediocre one or worst still failed the basic.? It is in our hearts not our might that pleases God. How do we fare in this scorecard?
The Scorecard or KPI of us that we think will be our score measured by God
So how strong is your faith? A group of worshippers were worshipping in a church. At that moment, a few men with guns rushed into the church. He ordered those who did not want to be shot, to leave the church. Almost all left except a few who remained. This is a test of faith. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
Similarly, the fear of instantaneous death can happen. In Acts 5:1-6. Ananias sold a property owned by him but kept some of the money back. He lied to the Holy Spirit and because of that he died.
In forming a committee, we do wish to have people who can work with us. Most of the time, we have people who are “yes man”. If in a committee, you have a dissident, will you be happy with that person? If you truly have faith in God, you should be happy. In a war, if a soldier dares to give his views, the army will be saved. If the sailing is always smooth, you will not improve in captaining the ship. The more challenges we have, the more we can weather the storm.
To grow strong in faith :-
Always remember God is with us all the time. In Deut 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Have a closer walk with God every day. In Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Willingly commit yourselves to God by participating in activities of the church, and /or volunteer to become a leader of the church even as a worker to clean the church. In Rom 12:5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Keep thanking God, keep praising him in faith in the midst of your hard times (Psalm 43).
Focus on the positive. Encourage good feelings, experience or thoughts on the hope you are longing for.
Get a mentor and learn from the Pastor, Elders and leaders of the church. Their insights and experiences will help you grow. Col 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
In conclusion, we all wish to face the judgement day by hearing this from our Lord Jesus Christ: “you good and faithful servant, come to me.”
In quoting Martin Luther King, Jr:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”
In His faithful service. To God with love
Ng Lian Koon