The beginning of almost everything is unseen. The most important part of a building is its foundation. So much labor, time, and resources are invested in a good foundation. Everyone knows the integrity of a structure is only as good as that upon which it is built.
It is the same with an Ordinary Faith. Real and powerful faith is necessary to withstand the rigors of an ordinary life. But, such a faith isn’t built in plain view. It is not in attention-seeking that our faith is established. It is not in the moments of honor either. Our faith is built in the daily pursuit of connection. As we seek to connect with God, our hearts and souls our strengthened. And, as we connect with others who seek Him, that faith is strengthened, tested, and even corrected.
Jude captured it well.
Jude 1:20-21 (NLT) But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
Building each other, praying in the Holy Spirit, and waiting. It rolls so simply and clearly from Jude’s pen. But, the application is always the challenge. The “how” is always my first question.
How Do I Build Others? How do I pray in the power of the Holy Spirit? And, How do I wait for the Mercy of Jesus to become obvious to me?
I believe these are important and practical questions. I hope you will consider them for yourself. And, I plan to present my thoughts on them in the next few posts.
I think these 3 directives sum up the gospel message beautifully, but are difficult to grasp at times, at least in my faith walk they have been.
I will be pondering those questions so I can better build up my fellow christians for the glory of God.