Many Christians would probably believe that we should simply sit back and wait for God to perform. For example, you have written a book, but are afraid to send it to publishers, because you feel God should open the first door. You want a new job, but you are not looking, because you think God should drop one in your lap if it is meant to be. You want to go out and share God’s love with others, but you are hesitant to try to call on churches, for fear that people will think you are trying to push yourself on others.
There are times when we have to decide which of these two faith choices we will make. In every situation in life, we are left to determine whether we need to have passive faith, or active faith.
Passive faith is most applicable when we are waiting patiently for the Lord to act on our prayer requests. We need faith to believe that Christ will send the answer or resolve the issue in a way that we would have no input or control over. Scripture does tell us to be still and know that God is working. Such as, if a loved one is sick, a relationship is damaged, a pain from our past is burdening our heart, or we are struggling with unforgiveness, we need a miracle or divine healing – in those instances, we must wait for God to move in our hearts or the hearts of others.
In these types of situations, we most definietly need to pray, be still, and wait to see what God is going to do, and how He is going to move. And then we have to believe that whatever happens, is the answer to our prayer, even if it is not exactly the answer we wanted or had hoped for.
However, there are times when Scripture tells us that we should take personal responsibility. Many biblical characters stepped out in faith to pursue a goal – such as David fighting Goliath; Moses crossing the Red Sea; Paul knocking on doors to share the gospel; Esther confronting the king to save her people. Those things took guts – but also great faith. Each of these people took huge leaps of faith and trusted God, but they did not do it by being idle.
Are you ready to take a leap of faith? Are you ready for a challenge, to see what you are capable of through God’s strength, but also to see God actively and powerfully move in your life? The thought of God running beside me as I step out in faith to pursue a dream or goal or special prayer need,simply thrills me! I hope it does you too.
If you are up to a challenge of faith, visit my blog again on Wednesday, July 23rd – when the FAITH ZONE CHALLENGE begins. It will be a five day journey which will open the gate for God to rush into your life – I plan on committing to this challenge myself, and I hope you will join me!