Jesus was a doer, unafraid and unashamed, an active participator in the kingdom. Imagine Jesus, being called and sent of the Father, doubted his commission. Can you imagine what it would have equated to if Jesus had not felt like doing what the Father asked Him? Can you imagine the lack of signs and miracles if Jesus needed confirmation of His calling and subsequently never prayed for anyone? Jesus was firm in His knowledge of whose He is and who the Father is. His confidence was in the Father’s love for His children. It is the goodness of God that compels us to do.
Hebrews 10:38-39 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Other translations say the just shall live by faith. It takes faith to live by faith. The one is static and the other is active and dynamic. Believing to have something spiritually that has already been given is static faith, exercising faith to accomplish what He sent us to do is active and dynamic faith. We can also say now that God did, I am. Me being is me working the faith I have. God gave us love so we can become His love to the world, not just to have, but in order that we may GO and bring it to the lost and weary. I know it is hard at times to go and do. It is much easier to complacently wait around for a sign, confirmation, or another word. But I want to tell you today that God has spoken, an irrefutable word; BE. He has called you to be His hands, feet, and mouth. Our command has been to go and pray, heal sick, raise dead, and spread the Gospel, regardless of your day job. If you are still wondering whether you were called to ministry, my answer to you is, YES. You have been called regardless of whether you are pastoring a church or not.
It is not okay to merely let people pass you by without giving them a part of God’s heart. We have been equipped, let us go and love on people everywhere and every time we can. If you have surrendered your heart to Him in faith, giving Him your life, you should also give Him your mind and thoughts. In Matthew 7:24-27 we read “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” This means that a heart that is steadfast is a result of living the life of doing, not merely believing in Jesus, but allowing the belief you have that His love is great to encourage you to live a life of giving and doing. Just having faith and never testing that faith will lead to confusion and despondency. Faith without works is dead. He who hears and doesn’t do deceives himself James 1:22. The journey of faith is not about all you can get and attain but absolutely about who you have been made. You have been made a disciple, a fisher of man, a peace bringer, a son of God.
Jesus didn’t come to earth saying “I came so that you may have grace,” although there is grace, He came so we might LIVE. It has become so easy for us to sit back and wait for the promises of God to just happen to us. If only we could realize the amazing fulfillment there is to be had in loving other people. I recently had a friend ask me some hard questions about His will for us. My answer was that we remain accountable for our part – living. God didn’t die for you to give you the freedom to do as you please. He is not afraid to say no in order not to hurt your feelings, if He wants something for you, be assured that it is good. He will never boycott His covenant with you by having His way regardless of what you are busy with. You get to commit to living a life of surrender and love, and consequently He guides you in the right way. Galatians 5 warns against submitting yourself to slavery by not standing in the freedom you have received. Standing is an action; you need to stand, to do, remain steadfastly free. It is not that you lose your salvation, but that you submit your perceptions and thoughts to bondage and a yoke of slaving under despondency and confusion. Stand in your faith, hold on to the promise of life, walk in freedom, and love, love unconditionally and irrespectively, unaffected and brazenly.