In His Name


Luke 18:8

…7 Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help? 8I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?

 

Once again we take on the role of prayer.  On one hand, we examine our motives once we determine all our petitions are for something for US.  We pray for cars, jobs, loved ones, money, health, and a host of other items.

The question here though is not for those things we ask in His name, but how much we express our faith for others?

In light of this, how much of our prayers are directed for those who are without?  How is our faith driven for those who are in need?  For those who are desperate?  For the sick, the homeless, those in prison?

Essentially, the question becomes?  How is our faith found on this earth as we practice and obey the words of our master to serve others?

So then, if we fail in performing these deeds, then not only is there a lack of faith on earth for those here who need it, but more importantly, our Lord too, upon His arrival sees us without.

Faith then, is very much like love.  Faith is not counting heartbeats, singing a few songs, crying and then saying everything is alright.  Faith and love is an activity.  It is a powerful activity.  Faith and love involves giving something up so someone else can have something. Faith and love involves selflessness.  It requires patience, sharing, and forgiveness, a willingness to forfeit and to give.  In short, it means becoming Christ like and in service to others, the same as Christ is to us:  “And a new commandment I give unto you…that you love one another even as I have loved you as you love one another.”

For the most part let’s just be honest.  Yes, there is NO real faith on earth:  at least very little.  There is no faith because we refuse to do what our Lord has commanded us to do and because we don’t want to give up what we have in this world.

The truth is; the only way God and Christ becomes real to the world is because WE do what HE asks and release the power He gave us.  In the absence of our witness, there is NO God, no Jesus to comfort them.  It is through us, His Church that we are to be the light of the world.

The choice is a simple choice.  We can either choose light or else darkness. And if we withhold the light, then the world suffers as a result.  As weak as we are as people. As Christians we hold power though our words and deeds.  Without having to invoke the power of supernaturalness or other spiritual entities, we possess in simple terms the ability to produce love though our faith.  There is no neutral ground. Either we are or become willing, or we don’t.  And if we don’t, faith is erased from this world because of us.

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