Mark at “Called Out In Kansas” wrote a very good post this week called “On Faith – Volume 1” (I’m hoping that title indicates that further “volumes” are to come). In this post, Mark talks about how his understanding of faith has changed. He concludes:
So, the crux of the post is this: Â faith is an important part of our Christian walk, and faith is a bi-product of our Christian walk. Â We use our faith to walk in Christ, and like a muscle, the more we use it the more it grows. Â As a charismatic I felt condemned if I didnâ€™t have enough faith. Â Now I understand that there are things I will stand in faith for, but havenâ€™t walked in Christ long enough to grow into that level of faith, and so I may not see the final manifestation of what I prayed for. Â This is no cause for guilt or condemnation, it just is what it is. Â The longer I walk the more I will grow in faith, and the greater works He can do in and through me.
As I told Mark in a comment, I’ve started to think more and more of “faith” as trust. How much do I trust God? Do I trust God in spite of anything that may or may not happen with my life?