“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
As we talked about yesterday, when it comes to faith, you’ve got to HAVE it before you can LIVE it. This raises two questions you must ask yourself. First, do I truly have faith in God? And if the answer is yes, am I living out that faith? We can simplify this into two short questions: do I HAVE it? And do I LIVE It?
Yesterday, we looked at what it means to HAVE faith…to believe that God can do what others can’t. Today, we will look at what it looks like to LIVE out that faith. You see, it is not enough just to say we have it, but we must show that faith through the way we live our lives.
There was a story in the Christian-based film “Facing the Giants” that illustrates what “LIVING it” looks like. The school’s head football coach questions the school intercessor about his faith and belief in God.
The man turns to the coach and tells him a story of two farmers that plowed their fields in the midst of a drought. Both farmers prayed for rain, but only one farmer went and planted seed in the field. The intercessor asked the coach, “Which farmer do you think really trusted God to bring the rain?”
The coach replied, “I suppose the one that went and prepared his field and planted seed.” The intercessor immediately replied, “Which man are you?” This is a great challenge for us as believers. There are many of us who will pray for God to do something, but how many of us actually prepare for God to answer our requests?
It is not enough to “hope” He will do something. Any man can acknowledge what He has already seen. But as 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” Faith in God is not about trusting after you’ve seen Him do it. Anyone can do that. What God is looking for are those who both HAVE faith and LIVE that faith.
So the question is…which man (or woman) are you?