If we wait for our feelings to catch up to our faith,
we may well never move from our place of comfort.
Imagine you’re finishing up your studies to be a doctor. You started with such a passion! You put in the time, worked hard to get the grades, and after all those classes, it’s time to graduate. You are thrilled at the accomplishment and so many are ecstatic with you! You can hardly believe it’s finally come.
Everything is in place, but there’s a problem nagging at you. Even though you have everything you need to begin practicing medicine, you just don’t feel like a doctor. You tried to work up the feeling, to reflect on what might be behind it, but your feeling never did match what you had gained so you decided this must not be your path.
What do you feel like? You wanted a job that was fairly simple and straightforward so you decided to get an application to run the counter at a gas station convenience store. The manager was a little leery of hiring someone so overqualified, but you convinced him that was right where you needed to be so he hired you.
Years passed and you never really did feel like a doctor so you stayed right where you were and made the best of it.
I think the sad thing is so many Christians live like this every day. They don’t feel like an overcomer or a world-changer so they go through life like they have nothing beyond what’s right in front of them.
This is not a metaphor knocking gas station attendants, but if you’re trained and ready to be a doctor, it doesn’t make sense to take this other position.
Fears and anxiety and pressures want us to back down and play it safe. We often don’t like to feel the responsibility that comes with what we’ve been given, but we must engage.
This is not about working for salvation. You have gifts that God gave you. Those gifts had (or have) to be developed and shaped into something more usable. Beyond your personal gifts, you have all the resources of heaven behind you so that His Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.
In the illustration, the person never became a doctor. Why? A doctor can only be called a doctor when he is practicing. In other words, he’s a guy with a fancy paper on his wall until he steps out and does something to help people.
You can tell people over and over that you’re a Christian, but if they don’t see the evidence in the way you live your life and act, there is something wrong.
James 2 tells us plainly that faith without works is dead and useless. Even demons believe He’s God and He’s great, but truth means something and becomes a part of us when we put it into action.
Do you ever fall into the trap of following feeling over faith? Is there an action step you can take today to show your faith?