Could the tightrope walker really do what he claimed he could….walk across Niagara Falls on a thin wire? The growing crowds on both the Canadian and American sides of the falls held their breath as he took his first step, then his second, and his third, until much to their amazement he made it across the enormous span.
“Do you believe I can walk across these falls on nothing but a wire?” the man asked the crowd.
“Yes!” they yelled in unison, “We just saw you do it!”
The man nodded, grabbed a wheel barrel, and proceeded to walk across the wire. The crowds watch with mouths open wide and breaths held.
A loud cheer erupted when the tightrope walker successfully completed his task.
“Do you believe I can push a wheel barrel across this wire?” the man addressed the crowd once more.
“Yes!” they answered once again, “We just saw you do it.”
The man then selected a friend from the crowd and proceeded to push the wheel barrel and his friend, across the wire suspended over Niagara Falls while the hushed crowd watched in amazement.
This time, the crowd erupted in a thunderous roar when he reached the end of his perilous trek.
“Do you believe I can safely push someone in this wheel barrel across this wire?”
“Yes!” the enthusiastic crowd replied without hesitation. “We just saw you do it!”
“Okay, then who wants to go next?” Without a raised hand, the crowd fell silent.
Yes, I need to believe. God wants me to believe in Him and stand firm in those beliefs; but He also desires for me to act on those beliefs. Believing is passive. Faith is active (James 2:14-26).
One of the best definitions of faith is “If you believe; you will act. If you believe God’s Word, you act as if it is true.” Anon
Faith is not based on feelings. You can be emotionally moved and never act on it.
Faith is not positive thinking. If I say to you, “I believe my health is very important.” Then, you ask, “Do you eat right and exercise regularly? Do you get your proper rest and drink lots of water?” and my answer is no, then it does not matter what I say. My actions are what counts. Authentic faith is more than just something you think.
Faith is also more than something you believe. I can say I believe in marriage but never act upon it. I can believe a chair will hold me but faith is when I actually sit on the chair.
Faith is something you do! Real faith takes the initiative. It gets involved with people
(I John 3:17). I cannot meet every need around me but I can meet some.
We “believe” in God, yet we never move from believing to action. As a result, orphans are going unloved, the homeless are going without hope, single parents are going to bed each night defeated, and numerous teens are taking their own lives…all in the shadows of our church steeples.
We think church is what happens once a week.
The early church in the book of Acts was not a perfect church, but they sought after the right things, with the right heart motives (Acts 2).
Believers in the first church came together, first daily then once a week, to be encouraged, built up, and equipped so that they could then go out into their every-day-run-of-the-mill lives and be evangelists wherever God placed them. They put feet to their belief — in their schools, on their streets and in their synagogues, following Jesus’ example. When Jesus stepped out of heaven as a babe (incarnation), beliefs and principles took shoes and walked!
They also learned through Jesus’ example, that the church (with the gospel) had to go to the unbelievers, not the unbelievers to the church! Therefore, they knew in order to spread the gospel they had to go outside the four walls of their worship center! As a result, the church (people coming to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour) grew daily, not just on Sunday.
The New Testament church didn’t have sideline believers. Everyone was encouraged to use his or her gifts for God. They also worked as if it were all up to them and prayed as if it were all up to God.
Isn’t it time that we believers in 2010 stop “going” to church and start “being” the church?
I am not suggesting you stop attending your weekly service (Heb 10:25 is a command). What I am saying, however, is that church is not something we do. It is something we are.
The final prayer on Sunday is not the closing bell for the church but rather the starter’s gun for believers to run into the world and put what they believe into action!
Is it time for you to get in the wheel barrel?