Have you ever known who you are and yet not known yourself at the same time?
It’s a strange phenomenon to be sure and yet many of us walk around everyday found yet lost, struggling between knowing an identity and yet not knowing who we are in the faith.
We walk around having a sense of faith and yet we do not know what we are made of in the faith.
We walk around speaking of a truth and yet not living by or in God’s divine Truth.
It all sounds strange. Still, it is commonplace in many respects. Why is this so?
Likely, there are several answers to this question, depending on the person or the group you are speaking with. However, the bottom line is that the faithful, in many cases, may very well be faithless.
Is this a harsh criticism? No.
Is this a stark reality? Sadly, yes.
You may be asking how this could be the case. How could the faithful – the faith-filled disciples of Christ – be faithless? How could they know and yet not know, be found and yet lost, or struggle with their God-given identity? How could they walk around, functioning in fear, afraid to be uncomfortable or scared to go through challenges meant to show them what they are made of in the faith? How could they be aware of real Truth and yet sputter off untruths or truths of their own making?
The Bible addresses this issue head on within its inspired pages. More than once, it speaks of men and women who left their faith behind as they pursued other sources of satisfaction or who wavered so magnificently that God grew tired of their subpar offerings and ceremonies. In fact, Scripture tells repeatedly of many who left the way of faith altogether.
But God, ever the loving Father, is not desirous that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). The LORD wants all to come to repentance. He wants them to turn from their own way and return to His perfect way.
In the book of Joel, God sends a strong message to His wayward, fluctuating people. Despite the massive destruction and troubles, He urges His people to repent and to return to Him. They, like us, are to prepare themselves for a return to the faith and to the Holy God who is able to save and to restore.
What are some endeavors that might influence a return to faith?
(Scripture Reference: Joel 1:14, 2:12-13)
Humility before God
3 Questions for YOU:
1) What would it take for those who are found yet lost to return to faith?
2) What would it take for faith-filled individuals to return to holiness?
3) What would it take for disciples of Christ, who are in search of the truth, to return to radical belief?
Define faith and describe what the life of a faithful Christian looks like.