Our greatest sin is simple: WE DO NOT BELIEVE.
Oh, sure…we say we do. We desperately WANT to. We can remember the moment where we made a decision TO believe. And we may believe enough – to pray, to hope, and to find comfort when things get rough. We may believe enough to go to church or open our Bibles to read. We may believe enough to actually sing out loud during a church service. Believers, we call ourselves. We count ourselves believers because we agree with a set of statements about our God, our Savior, and what He has done for us. Maybe even because of what we’ve SEEN him do in our lives or in the lives of others.
But do we BELIEVE ?
Let me make my challenge clear: Would you walk on water if Jesus asked you to get out of the boat? Would you storm the hill against an army with just your armor bearer because God might – perhaps – act through your obedience? Would you defy the King, knowing it would get you thrown into a furnace? Would you build an ark on dry land? In your old age, would you pack up everything you had and just go to a place God would show you later? Would you give up everything because a stranger asked you to drop everything and follow Him, just to become a fisher of men?
Do we BELIEVE like that? You see, there’s “belief,” then there’s IF-GOD-IS-ON-MY-SIDE-THEN-WHO-CAN-STOP-US-SO-I’M-GOING-TO-CHANGE-THE-WORLD BELIEF!
Sure, throwing caution to the wind can be a sin in and of itself – IF we are only obeying our own whims, and not His. But when God calls us, it’s too easy to sin.
It’s the sin of being too practical. It’s the sin of believing that we must be smart about this. It’s the sin that says, “I’m going to obey you God, but first…”
Sure, the wise man makes plans. Sure, we should use the brains in our heads to discern taking the right steps.
But FAITH should be first. A RECKLESS faith. Believing so much in a God that can do ANYTHING, that we would do ANYTHING he asks us to do.
“Peter, get out of the boat and walk on the water, ” Jesus says.
Yes, the calling may seem huge. Yes, the odds may seem overwhelming. Yes, there will be those who oppose you. Yes, there IS RISK involved.
But that’s where BELIEF is so important. Because when you BELIEVE recklessly, you find the sweet spot where God moves and acts. It’s no longer about what you’re doing. It’s more like feeling you are along for the ride while being a part of what HE’S doing.
The important question is: What does God want you to do?
The better question is: WHY are you NOT doing it?
Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.” – Matthew 8:19-22 (NLT)
Don’t just imagine what God can do if we dared to believe. Live it.
Radically, recklessly, ridiculously…BELIEVE!