I love new insights. There is a wonderful delight that comes from seeing something familiar with new eyes.
I have been reading the “faith hall of fame” in Hebrews 11 and meditating on it with this version, and it has just come to life for me. I couldn’t help but share what I was enjoying with the hope that it encourages you, too.
We love efficiency – something small that accomplishes something big. That’s why cutting corners and short cuts, hacks, and work-arounds are so popular. But we actually have access to a “righteous” efficiency – faith.
Faith is pretty small. Jesus tells us in Luke 17:6 that we can move mountains with faith the size of a mustard seed. The average diameter of a mustard seed is 1-2 milimeters. I’d say that’s pretty efficient.
I wanted to understand a little more clearly the actions that faith produces. What exactly does faith look like?
So I focused on all the verbs that the heroes of the faith were commended for. I was kind of shocked when I wrote them out.
Here’s my list: understand, offered, obeyed, received, saw, confessed, offered, blessed, gave instructions, refused, left, kept, circled…
In a typical hall of fame, we expect people to break new records, exceed the capacity of their contemporaries, and do extraordinary things.
What astounded me was that the list of verbs that we acknowledge our heroes of the faith for were every day actions. These are things that you and I can do.
Faith is not something extraordinary. In fact, it is something small. Faith is simply us acting as if God is telling the truth. It is God meeting us on the other side of that small action that makes faith so extraordinary.
So, after making this list, I asked myself – what small thing is God asking of me so that He can meet me on the other side of it to do something big?
What about you?
God breaks records, changes the world and does incredible things with ordinary people who choose to do something small. Let’s challenge ourselves today to take God at His word and move in the direction of His leading so that He can take it where we never could.
My prayer for today: Father, please reveal to me today how I can take one step in the direction of faith. Teach me to walk by faith one step at a time, and be glorified in all I say and do.
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