Faith isn’t to be reserved for special situations, rather it is seen in the everyday choices that we make.
In his book Created to Be God’s Friend, Henry Blackaby wrote; “Faith can be lived out only in real, present situations. Faith is obvious in our lives when we are confronted with an opportunity to believe God and we obey Him immediately.” (p. 122)
Sometimes we equate faith with extreme circumstances. Those situations when we are forced to say; “Yes, I believe in God” when a gun is pointed at our head. Or when we need to uproot our family and move to the Middle East in response to God’s call on our lives.
In other words we see faith as the fuel that helps people do difficult and courageous acts for God’s glory. When we see faith in this light it means we have forgotten the reality that without faith we cannot follow Jesus even in the most basic areas of life.
Extreme stories of faith may motivate us for a moment and cause us to consider if our faith would hold up under extreme pressure. The problem is that many times those stories of faith don’t have a lasting impact on our lives.
I have come to understand that it is by living through faith in the small details of life that God prepares us for the more difficult and trying times of life. The trials of life don’t produce faith, rather they expose and refine our faith. The apostle Peter wrote:
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7; ESV)
So many of us want God to use us to make a difference in this world, and we patiently wait for God to open the door for that opportunity. Instead I think we need to ask ourselves this question: “What makes me prepared for a big assignment from God?”
For me the bottom line is if we want God to use us to make a difference in this world, then we need to trust Him with the every day issues of life. We need to trust God’s judgment on the media that influences our lives. We need to trust God with the amount of money we give. We need to trust God as we vocalize our beliefs in an unbelieving world. Every day we are given opportunities to demonstrate our faith in God, and too often we ignore these opportunities so we can remain securely within our comfort zones.
To be a light in a dark world does not require us to be judgmental, political, or fanatical, but it does require us to live by faith each and every day. By trusting God in the small things we learn to trust Him in the big things of life. I belief it is through the small things of life that God prepares us for tomorrow’s challenges. In other words our small acts of obedience today is the practice we need to prepare for tomorrow’s big game.
Erwin McManus wrote; “God loves to use our faithfulness to inspire the faith of others” (Seizing Your Divine Moment; p. 216). We need to remember that our lives provide others with a model of what it means to be a Christian. It is one thing to hear about Jesus and to be challenged to live by faith, but it is another thing to allow that faith to make a difference in the choices we make. That type of real every day faith leaves a lasting impression on those around us. When we are faithful in the small things our example just might inspire someone else to trust Jesus with their entire life.
The goal of living by faith shouldn’t be to accomplish some great thing for God. Rather we should allow faith to influence the choices we make every day. This will enable us to leave a lasting impact on this world.