Going to church tends to be synonymous with one’s faith. We use this phrase to indicate we are going to worship, an event, or Bible Study. It is an entry on our calendars. In some ways it means no more no less.
We talk about faith as a thing we do. A compartment of our lives like our jobs, our families, our friend groups, our hobbies. It is a part of who we are; one aspect of the whole.
But we have it wrong. Faith is all of who we are. It gives us the eyes to see the world through. It shapes the words we share with others. Faith directs us in our decision making. Faith is all of us, not a small part.
While Jesus lived He taught His followers how to live their lives through their faiths. He taught them how to trust God so deeply they took actions they never would have taken on their own. Jesus showed them how faith shapes who we are each day of our lives.
When we see faith as an entry in our calendar we limit it to just a small handful of hours in the week.
But when we see faith as who we are it then shapes all 168 hours of the week.
Imagine when you have decisions to make seeing them through the eyes of your faith. Seeking God’s direction asking to see how God is leading you in this next step.
Or caring for friends with God’s love. Showing up for one another in all circumstances. Faith brings people together with God’s love.
Sure, it is simple to say faith is who we are but is it really that easy?
What happens when one’s faith requires a sacrifice? Or go somewhere we may not want to go?
Can’t we just say we have faith and not live it out in all 168 hours of the week?
Peter was a follower of Jesus and was taught by Jesus Himself. He was full of faith but was scared from time to time to have his faith be all of who he was too. One time Jesus was approaching the Disciples while they were out fishing at night. Key point – Jesus did not have a boat Himself. He walked on water. (Check it out in Matthew 14)
Peter in awe of what he saw he asked Jesus that if it truly was Him to have Peter walk on the water. Jesus invited him. In classic Peter fashion out of the boat he went. Peter walked on water keeping his eyes on Jesus.
Peter was scared at times as his faith shaped his whole life. When he clung to it fully he did incredible things, like walking on water or preaching to hundreds of people. Peter understood that living The 168 Life was difficult at times. It has times of challenges to grow in one’s trust in God. It has times of joy as one shares faith with all.
May you grow in your own faith so that is infiltrates every hour of every day of the week. Begin living faith in the 168. See the adventures God has planned for you. Grow in trust. See the world in a small way through God’s eyes.
This Week’s Challenge
As you go about your day this week note how you are living out your faith. Where does it guide your decisions? Conversations? Journal how faith is shaping who you are.