Faith is the gift that keeps on giving. This is a beautiful truth. But it is also a hard one for us to understand and a challenge for us to fully take advantage of. We like gifts that thrill us for the moment. Or practical ones we can store in the shed until we need it. We’re unsure how to steward an ever-present gift.
What ends up happening is that the deep significance of faith follows us around as we casually ignore it or take it for granted or forget it altogether. It becomes “normal”, routine. Faith starts to blend into the everyday setting of our lives and we can no longer tell if it is really even there. We put it on layaway, calling it forward only when a circumstance requires it.
Our choices unlock the full benefit of our faith. They are the physical manifestations of who we trust and how we view the world. As we make our decisions, the ramifications of faith are put into motion, reinforced, and habitualized.
If we are waiting on our faith to show itself, we are living with a false perception of how this whole thing works. Circumstance, situation, and setting are mostly external. Faith is an internal gift. It is the hope of our spirit. And if it is lying dormant inside of us, that is nothing less than a result of our choices. If we want to see it in action, there is no solution other than making the choice to do so.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
– Hebrews 11:1