We love to travel, through journeys we discover parts of this world that are so much more than a glossy photo in a travel magazine. The sounds, the aromas, and even the colors work together to make our adventure come to life. Yet these destinations come at a price. They cost us time, they cost us money, they cost us effort, and sometimes they even cost us the discomfort of enduring environments and settings that are far removed from the comfort of our homes.
A couple of years ago, Michelle and I saw the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. To get there was not cheap, traveling from Seattle, where we entered the US, we spent several days traveling on a bus. Don’t get me wrong. The bus was very nice. But it was not home. We slept in bunks that were stacked three high. Turning over without bumping the person above you was a challenge. But these things were part of the adventure. They were part of the story and they enriched our journey.
It was one thing deciding to see the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. However, it took more than a decision for that to happen. There was an itinerary to plan, tickets to purchase, and then a journey to embark upon. Our plan only became an adventure, because we acted on the choice we made.
Faith is an adventure that needs to be acted upon. It is one thing to say that you believe God, but until you act upon that belief, faith is nothing more than a nice idea. A nice idea that achieves nothing!
The Bible tells us that even the demons believe that there is one God. And they shudder. (James 2:19)
Sadly many people also believe that God exists and they do nothing with that belief. The Bible calls these people ’empty’. “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20 NKJV. In this verse, the word foolish means unthinking, it implies an emptiness. A lack of either good or evil.
They have no adventure in their faith. Calling themselves Christian, their faith is nothing more than a badge that they wear on some Sundays and at Christmas and Easter. Yet they never take that faith out and put it to work. They are like the servant who was given 1 talent and hid it and kept it for their Master’s return.
Believing in the existence of God as seen in Jesus, makes a person no better than a demon destined for Hell. Perhaps more to be pitied, because they have not considered their Eternity.
Do you believe that Jesus died to save sinners? Then what are you doing to reconcile people to Christ? Do you believe that God cares about every person you see? Then how do you allow God to express that love in your life? These are the challenges of faith!
Such faith will cost. At times it will not be convenient or comfortable. Yet the reward of such faith is felt here and fully received in Heaven. Seeing a person you have prayed for and encouraged lifted to new heights in their faith, is far more rewarding than seeing the most spectacular sunrise on the other side of the world.
Only a living faith that is expressed in works of love for God to others, will truly bring that joy of adventure.