Crazy Obedience & Leaps of Faith
An analogy I often hear referenced when talking about leaps of faith is the scene from a popular movie in which the protagonist steps off a cliff trusting that a bridge will be there. Why does he do this? He’s following a series of “clues” to a lost artifact.
It really is a great visual. Afraid because it looks like he will fall to his death but willing to risk everything to avoid certain negative consequences, he steps out blindly and behold! a bridge appears!
Thankfully, the likelihood of any of us finding ourselves exploring dark caves in ancient lands making daring leaps off rocky precipices is pretty small.
For a lot of us, the closest we come to physical risk-taking is trying to drive in Seattle-area traffic after it snows. In short, we tend to weigh risks and make “safe” life choices.
But what if I said that our walk with the Lord can be every bit as epic and bold as our protagonist’s journey in the movie I mentioned?
If we are finding ourselves living a sedate, predictable walk as “good Christians” – we pray, read our Bible, go to church, volunteer in Sunday school – maybe it is time to press into our relationship with the Lord and take our own leaps of faith.
I don’t mean that we need to engage in a bunch of reckless, dangerous acts, expecting that the Lord is going to save you from the consequences of ill-conceived choices. When the devil tempted Jesus to jump off the top of the temple, “Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matthew 4:16)
What we need to do is prayerfully examine our lives and see where we have chosen personal comfort over obedience to what God has called us to do.
Questions to ask the Lord:
· Do I do what the world says is safe instead of obeying your Word?
· Am I avoiding standing for You & Your Truth for the sake of peaceful relationships or security?
· Am I willing to truly lay down my life for You?
Take a look at Hebrews 11. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua…regardless of the perceived cost to themselves, these believers trusted the Lord and did what He called them to do. By the world’s standards, they did things that made no sense. Talk about crazy obedience! And these were just a few of the many examples of people throughout the Bible willing to take a leap of faith by obeying God.
And it’s not just the well-known heroes that take these big leaps of faith. There are examples of “ordinary” people stepping out in extraordinary ways. What about the widow that gave to the offering all the she had to live on? (Mark 12:41-44)
Let’s truly examine our hearts. Ask the Lord to show us where we need to walk in obedience and faith. Listen and be willing to trust the Lord in all things regarding our relationships, our security, and our life. Let’s show the world what it means to be a crazy-obedient, leap-of-faith-taking follower of Christ!
Walk faithfully, my friends!
2 Corinthians 5:6-7
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.