And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Relate: This morning I ironed my shirt. I made myself a cup of coffee. I noticed that I was a bit late and that was because my alarm didn’t go off. My phone battery had died last night and so as I started my day, I started recharging it. I had some cereal to go with that coffee and that required some of the milk I am keeping cool in my fridge. I am thinking here, but I’m pretty sure that those are the only things I did this morning that required electricity.
Now I can look in the mirror and see a nice, wrinkle free shirt. I am so glad I have that power cord, without it my shirt would be practically unwearable. That cord also keeps my milk cool and my coffee hot. I am lucky to have such a strong cord. Lukewarm coffee and sour milk… that would have made for a rough morning. Of course if I had that power cord last night I would not have been running nearly thirty minutes late this morning. Fortunately, I had no early morning responsibilities and even more fortunately, that great cord allowed me to quickly once again have that phone which I need in so many ways for so many things.
React: Sounds foolish, doesn’t it? The power cord is not the reason I have a nice shirt this morning. It is merely a conduit that connects the source (God) with the tool (us). It is a necessary conduit, but no matter how powerful or effective it is, the cord is useless if it is not plugged into the right source. The way some people talk about faith is nothing short of idolatrous. Yes, faith is necessary to please God, but is our faith in God or is our faith in our faith?
Lately, I have seen people turning the gospel into a similar type of idol. If faith is a power cord, the gospel is a book. It is a story, but without an Author (God) and a reader (us) that book is useless. I hear people saying “the gospel does this” or “the gospel is that”. Apparently the gospel has taken over the role the Holy Spirit once held. This is idolatry. Faith is only useful for what it connects us to. The gospel is only effective for what it reveals. Without God, our Author and our Source, they are useless. Without our responsive reading of that gospel and our proper application of that faith they are useless. Let us not focus on these good and necessary tools but rather on the great and good God who uses them to connect us with Himself.
I am so thankful that You have given me access through a tool like faith to be able to believe that You are and that You will reveal Yourself to those who seek You. I am thankful for a gospel story that teaches me what You have done for me and how I can best respond. Please don’t let me make idols out of those good and necessary tools. My faith is not in my faith. It is in You.