July 22, 2005
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I love the chronicles of Indiana Jones. Most of us have seen those movies, but if you haven’t, you need to rent them! One of my favorites is “The Last Crusade,” when Indy and his father are looking for the Holy Grail. In the movie, Indy’s father is captured by the Nazis and has left some clues along the way for his son to find it.
Remember the part where Indy has to go through deadly obstacles in order to reach the Holy Grail? OK…if you have no clue what I’m talking about then just follow me for a minute. He comes to a place along the way where there are swinging swords. And the father says, “You have to bend down low to get through.” The trick was to go under the swords.
So, Indy follows the clues, gets through it and other obstacles, and winds up standing at the edge of a large chasm—a seemingly endless pit. It seems impossible to cross and the Holy Grail is on the other side. He stands there trying to figure out how to get across and he remembers a clue: “Just step out in belief.”
He closes his eyes, steps out, and amazingly puts his foot on solid ground! It was an illusion! And there was a passageway right across the chasm to the other side where he reached the Holy Grail.
Real faith is not blind. It trusts in something we can’t see—something beyond our human imagination. It’s invisible, but it’s real. And when you step out in faith and believe in Jesus, then the bridge across becomes clear as to what God has to offer you. That is living faith. Do you have that kind of faith? Is your faith alive and working? When you believe, step out, and allow yourself to grow in sanctification through Jesus, then your faith and works will work together for His glory and your good.
REAL FAITH IS WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE, HAVE
FAITH IN THE UNTHINKABLE, AND TRUST IN THE INVISIBLE.