Friday, January 4, 2019
Putting Faith into Action
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. (
If nothing else were said about you, let it be said, “That is a man of God” or “That is a woman of God.” I can’t think of a higher compliment.
Initially Moses didn’t want to do what God called him to do. He was reluctant. But God had put His hand on Moses from the time he was a baby. His story is almost like a fairy tale, except it’s true. We know how God providentially protected baby Moses in his waterproof basket as he floated down the Nile. And almost as though on cue, the daughter of Pharaoh heard Moses cry, walked over, and saw the beautiful baby. Her maternal instincts kicked in, and she adopted Moses as her own.
Moses had everything he could want, but he knew it wasn’t what God wanted for him. Hebrews 11:24–25 tells us, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (NKJV). Moses made the right choices in life.
Moses was a world changer, and the key characteristic of a world changer can be summed up in one word: faith. Hebrews 11 defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (verse 1 NKJV). Faith is like a muscle. It needs to be used. If we neglect it, it will atrophy. It has to be in constant use. It comes down to this: Use it or lose it. Moses put faith into action, and we need to do the same.
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