At the end of the day, as complex as Christianity seems, it’s all very simple.
Have you ever stopped and meditated on the subject of Science and how it pertains to every day life? It can be mind-boggling when you look at things as tiny as atoms, protons and photons.
Some very brilliant men throughout history did their best to come up with explanations for how things such as gravity operate. Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and others sought to understand and explain subjects such as gravity and how the earth reacts to certain things.
In fact, the reason you can see anything today or experience and touch anything is because there are electrons, photons, neutrons, gluons, protons interacting with each other. If they did not interact with each other, you wouldn’t even know they were there. So the interaction causes reality. These particles exist as potential until they are interacted with by measuring or observing them. Until this happens they are not considered real. The interaction mixed with the particle’s inherent potential causes them to become real.
There is something else that operates much the same way and its faith. We are all born with faith..small faith like that of a mustered seed according to Matthew 17:20. “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” You grow your faith by reading the Word, praying and by actually using your faith. Until it’s used it does nothing for you.
So you can see a parallel for how our spiritual walk works similarly to how the universe operates. If the potential is never tapped into…it won’t work. James 2:17 says, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Please don’t get confused, I’m not saying works are how you please God and make it to Heaven. However, the idea is that faith produces good works and there is a difference in those two. This activation of our faith causes us to act in a way that will cause the world to see our good deeds, which will point them to Christ.
Now, one of the ways we hold fast to our faith is by assembling with our brothers and sisters in church and other opportunities to hear the Word of God. The Bible addresses this issue in Hebrews 10:23, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
It is difficult to grow your spiritual walk if you are always moving from place to place. We must grow roots to be spiritually healthy. I bet you have never once seen a big and beautiful apple tree wondering about. Of course not! We need to find where God wants us and then settle there. We don’t just stay for no reason either. As we grow in our walk with the Lord, serving Him and others we cause spiritual roots to grow.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is important to understand that faith is not the only important factor in your Christian walk, hope is important as well. You might be reading this right now and you might think you are really low on faith. However, if you at least have hope…you are halfway there!
When living a life of faith we must first call on God. By faith you believe in Him and live your life for Him. Another thing that faith requires is obedience. Once you become a believer, you want to dive into the Bible and obey what is tells us to do. So, you accepted Christ and now you get baptized in water to show publicly that your old man..the sin nature has been crucified and you are now living for the Lord.
Another commandment we have is to bear spiritual fruit. It’s peace, joy, love, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, patience, gentleness and self-control. You’ll need to start practicing those things. These fruits of the Spirit are an outward sign of God’s work in our lives.
Wherever you are in life today, you can change your mind, change your direction by letting hope go from being potential faith to real faith, from having the potential of new life to having new life in Jesus.