Fresh Fervent Fruitful Faith
for Christ; How Ordinary!
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? James 2:20
Seeing God work through you and in you, as the result of obedience to your faith in Him, it should strengthen your faith in Him. This means that you come to recognize more & more His sovereign control & work. As your faith is strengthened in Him, it creates a desire/fervent passion to serve Him all the more so that He may be glorified. The cycle should never stop as we continue to grow more like Him.
Fresh – renewed in the word; constantly like a stream. what does it say; do you believe
Fervent – passionate, from glory to glory to glory, fueled by God’s goodness – all out; no holes barred!
What would it look like to be crazy radical for Jesus? I’m talking pedal to the metal, all in, no holds barred, “is something wrong with you?” crazy. No more being lukewarm, no more spiritual fits and starts. It’s time to dive in head first.
Do you need to take a missions trip to Vietnam?
adopt a child from a foreign country?
do a thirty-day fast?
give away half of your income?
All those things are good …
I fear that in our celebrity pastor, post it to Facebook culture, we think about being sold out for Jesus only in terms of big things that catch people’s attention.
Our spiritual lives are not the result of one or two “big” acts for God. They are the sum of ten thousand small choices – choices to either follow the Lord or follow our sinful desires.
The reality is, being a servant and slave of Christ usually means serving in obscurity.
Being radical for Jesus means doing hard, yet ordinary things, like
changing the channel when something inappropriate appears,
serving your butt off in church, and
reaching out to the “uncool.”
For most of us, being sold out crazy for Jesus will look very…ordinary. At least to the casual observer. Most of the crazy things we do for the Lord will be noticed by exactly no one – except the Lord.
- Spend time with someone who can’t repay in you in any way, either financially or socially. “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)
- Look for any and every opportunity to serve, rather than to be served, even if it only means giving someone a glass of cold water. ”But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)
- Fight against your sin with a crazy, almost disturbing intensity. “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
- Show the world that you are a Christian by consistently loving, serving, and blessing those around you. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
- Commit yourself to regularly gathering with God’s people, giving special attention to how you can encourage them and stir them toward love and good works. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Earnestly love your fellow believers, being eager to extend mercy and grace toward them. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” ( 1 Peter 4:8)