Being leaders of faith is a calling that has been graciously given to us. However, I rarely sit down to meditate the state of my faith. Has it increased? Has it remained the same? How can we truly evaluate the faith we own, claim, and teach on as leaders? I am grateful that the bible defines what faith is for a believer in Christ:
“Now faith is being sure of what he hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:6
The author of Hebrews goes on to share a list of men and women of faith in this same passage. Their stories reflect the continuous risks that were taken in the name of faith in God. One of the most astounding stories in this mix is the story of Abraham who we read in verse 8, “…went out, not knowing where he was going.” It is a seldom-traveled road to live by faith. But that is exactly what we are called to do on this side of heaven.
I recently heard that the main business of our life is to learn what it means to venture everything on God, or walk by faith. Charles Spurgeon defined faith as, “casting oneself on the promises of God.” A way to live apart from these definitions is living merely by what we see and experience through our five senses. Referring again to the author of Hebrews he mentions in verse 6 that, “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Our living by faith says something about God. When we live by faith we are proclaiming to the world and others that God is trustworthy. However, when we do not live by faith we are proclaiming that He is not trustworthy. It becomes clear that walking by faith and bringing glory to God go hand in hand. Therefore, learning to live by faith is the main business of a believer’s life.
Going back the questions mentioned in the beginning: how can we evaluate our current faith in God? To this question I would ask myself two other questions.
Is my faith diversified?
The call to live by faith does not come without objections from the flesh. The voice of the flesh draws us to fear staking it all in for Christ. It says, “You can have hope in God, but just in case He does not come through here are some other things you can put your trust in.” For some of us this means putting our faith in God, while also putting our faith in our bank account, leadership role, family, acceptance of others, etc. Looking to see if we have a diversified faith is a good way to determine if we are truly walking in faith for God.
How often do I find myself in a state of concern, worry, doubt or anxiety?
Put simply, living a life that is founded on the truth of the gospel leads us to know that we are sons and daughter of God. Going back to the story of Abraham we see where his faith in God led him. But what if Abraham chose doubt or fear over faith? He would not have seen God provide the ram. Other leaders of faith, like Esther, would have never seen the deliverance of her people. Peter would have never walked on water. Moses would have never seen the Red Sea split open. All this came about because they chose to fix their eyes on that which is unseen.
My hope and prayer is that we see God come through in our life of faith, and that we may help those we lead take hold of this sort of living.
Carolina Avila currently serves on staff at Dallas Baptist University where she is completing her master’s degree in Organizational Management in Communication. She is a member and serves with the student ministry at Stonegate Church in Midlothian, TX. She enjoys visiting new coffee shops, watching HGTV, and spending time with family and friends.