Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:1-3
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40
When we let comfort and convenience overpower our willingness to step into the unknown, we choose to sit on the sidelines. If our eyes focus solely on whether our tiny, individual kingdom is comfortable, we will miss out on opportunities to be used by God. There is an incredible cost associated with making this decision.
To tell a great story with our lives, we must choose calling over convenience.
We find the life and meaning we desire when we sacrifice for something bigger than ourselves. God’s vision for the person we are becoming has little to do with our peace and pleasure. It gives little regard to our comfort and convenience.
There are no epic Bible stories about a man or woman who settled for comfort. The people God utilized were those willing to be inconvenienced and sacrifice their needs and wants for a greater good. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Hebrews 11.
This passage is often dubbed “The Hall of Faith.” The individuals mentioned let their faith and convictions drive them and refused to settle for comfort. They trusted in God’s character as well as His promises.
Imagine for a second if they took the easy route and chose convenience instead. Noah would never have built an ark in the middle of the barren land. Abraham would have missed the opportunity to see God’s promise fulfilled in Isaac. Moses and the Israelites would have never left Egypt or crossed the Red Sea.
This list doesn’t even mention those from the New Testament who exhibited incredible faith - people like the apostle Paul, Peter, John and the rest of the disciples. If they settled for security, the early church, along with the life-changing message of the Gospel, would never have dispersed to the ends of the world.
Thankfully, they did answer the call, and many heard their radical message of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. In the face of fiery opposition, they spoke of God taking on human form, being vulnerable, and willingly dying on a cross to bridge the divide that our sin created. This message has been changing the world ever since.
- What type of story are you telling with your life? Where does faith make an appearance in your story?
God, I want to tell a great story with my life. I want my days to count, which won’t occur while consumed with making a name for myself. Help me to live for something bigger than myself. May Your name be praised through the way I live my life. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.