As a contributing writer to Evangel Chapel’s Blog, you can find a variation of this post there too.
Hearing Jimmy Noble speak last week at church made me think…isn’t that the sign of a good speaker – when we go home we ponder his perspective and through that, find our own?! He talked about the FACT that we are saints in His kingdom (Romans 8:30). I loved what Jimmy said about God giving us a gift, but with that gift comes the responsibility to walk in it.
FAITH TAKES ACTION.
Saul was given the gift of anointing and he made a choice not to act. What happened to him? God took away His favor with Saul and placed it on the head of another. With this favor, what did David choose to do? He chose to move, to take action, to pour out his heart to God – IN ALL WAYS, ALWAYS. That doesn’t mean he was perfect. God gives so many glimpses into King David’s imperfections. He made mistakes all over the place.
Some of them were irreversible and fatal.
But he always turned his heart towards God,
and God called David
“A Man After His Own Heart”.
I love doors. Everywhere we go, I am always pointing out doors. I’ve pretty well got everyone in our family on the lookout for great doors now! The rich wood, the deep tones, the unique aspects and even flaws of different woods, stained glass…don’t even get me started on stained glass. Oh I just love them all.
I was thinking about the gifts God gives us – sometimes we’re so self-absorbed (and busy) that we don’t even notice God has given us an offering. I wonder what might have happened if the disciples had chosen not to believe Jesus in the moment with 5 loaves and 2 fish that fed a multitude. Would they have gone hungry? It was out of their obedience and faith that those people were fed. If we think about His gifts as doors, there are two paths of action we can take. We can walk by a beautiful door and if we’re not too busy to notice it, we might look at it, admire its beauty and just walk on by;
or we can be on the lookout for gorgeous doors.
When I see a beautiful door, I think about the craftsman. What was he doing when he made that door? What was he thinking? How much love and time did he invest in that door? I think about the material used to create that door, what is it made of? What was going on in time when that door was made?
I look at all the details,
all the flaws and how beautiful those flaws look in the light.
Then I start getting excited…I mean really excited!
I want to touch the door, feel its strength and beauty beneath my fingertips! I start thinking about what is behind the door. The mystery entices me and draws me in. Now I’m faced with a choice (and even if I choose nothing, it’s still a choice); will I just leave it at that or will I walk through the door?
Suddenly the enemy is right beside me.
“You really want to walk through that door? What if you fail? What if you fall? You really think God’s for you?!”
The coldness in his laugh makes me shiver and with a swift blow I am filled with fear. Another choice. Another opportunity to move from saying I have faith into walking in it by taking action.
Just as suddenly a warmth fills me and I remember 2 Corinthians 10:5, take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Romans 13:14 Cloth yourself with Christ. Romans 14:23 Anything not of faith is sin. Romans 6:14 Sin does not have dominion over me because I am under His grace.
Let me ask you something, do you think God just plucks a gift out of space and hands it to the first person He sees? What do you think The Craftsman was doing when that door was being created for you? Wait a minute, He made the air and water and sun for that tree to grow. He gave it a name and a place. Can you imagine the thoughts He was having towards you when He first began to create? Think about that. He invested so much time, so much of His heart to make that door for you. He HAND CRAFTED that gift just for you! Don’t be a fool and walk by without noticing it. Yes there is mystery behind that door but can you really call yourself a man or woman of faith if you allow the lies of the enemy to scare you off?