What is raw faith?
- Though it meant the surrender of his promised son, Abraham raised the knife of sacrifice in obedience.
- After more than a decade of prison and broken promises, Joseph committed to live a holy life.
- Though risking her life, Rahab hid Israel’s two spies.
- After years of being hunted down like an animal by King Saul, David refused to assassinate him.
- After his elders whipped him “40 lashes minus one” (for the 5th time!), Paul persevered for the Lord at all costs.
- After they murdered her husband, Elizabeth Elliot continued to minister to the Auca natives.
- In the midst of ISIS massacres, men, women and children refused to deny their love for Christ.
Raw faith proves that our eternal life in Christ is real. Raw faith imitates Christ and inspires others to see life as more than just flesh and bones and making space for ourselves on earth. God created us to thrive in an eternal kingdom, with an eternal purpose, as beloved children in the household of our Father.
What does that mean for us? Some of us have faced life-or-death choices to serve God, or the challenge to step out in faith under impossible odds. And even those of us who haven’t, consider how often we do face these everyday raw-faith choices:
- Raising the knife to reputation when God’s way is different than status quo
- Preferring others above ourselves with selfless motivation
- Trusting God to perform His ultimate will in our lives without trying to manipulate or control people or circumstances
- Refusing to defame the people who misuse us
- Refusing to deny God even when faced with maligning coworkers or neighbors
- Trusting God’s direction even in circumstances of great suffering
- Revering our spouses
- Training our children in the righteous, loving way
- Interacting with servant attitudes
- Refusing to listen to juicy gossip
- Speaking the truth even if a little “twist” might have benefitted…
None of us are perfect, of course, but in our lifestyles, attitudes, daily decisions, and purposes, we yield to Christ with the attitude of repentance. With Peter we say:
Lord, to whom else shall we go? Only You have the words of eternal life…
Job 2:9-10; Psalm 25:1; Matthew 8:26; 9:2; Acts 11:24; I Corinthians 2:5; Ephesians 6:13-20; II Timothy 3:10-17; Hebrews 11; James 1:2-8
– Patricia Tillman
More on how to live out your leadership of bold faith in Keith’s book, Mastering the Art of Presence-Based Leadership. It will increase the capacity for you and your team to discern the wisdom of Christ in large and small decisions.