I’ll Do It

Perhaps you have seen the new viral video of six-year-old Jordan Warrick’s baptism at a church in Louisville, Kentucky.  Standing in the baptismal pool with the greatest of pomp and circumstance the Pastor declares “By the profession of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  I now baptize you in the name of the Father and the…”  But before the pastor can finish the words young Jordan cries out “I’ll do it!”, grabs his nose and dunks himself in the water.  He rises up out of the depths of the pool with hands raised as if he has just completed the greatest touch down in history.  If you haven’t seen it, it is worth watching at uverse.com/watch/h___60776371?ref=yfp.

 

Have you ever prayed or waited for God to do answer your prayer or to do something and it didn’t seem to happen?  Do you ever want to grab things by the horn and yell at God like Jordan horn, “I’ll do it!” 

Faith is a journey and impatience is a form of distrust and disobedience.  It is what we feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of His guidance.  It is the speed bump of life that we see but we are in such a hurry that we speed over it and then wonder why in the world the muffler or bumper have fallen off from the force of our hurry.  It springs up in anger and frustration over a long wait in the check-out lane.  Or it is the cries of frustration and disappointment when life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it should. 

 

Our Faith Journey from www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-faith-fourney.

Faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God. In part, this growth in faith is a 

gift. Through our participation in the community of faith, through our openness to God’s love, we receive this marvelous treasure. But faith is also a choice

 we make, an often difficult decision to put God and God’s reign first in our lives, no matter what the cost.

We cannot say that some people are “ahead” in the journey of faith and others “behind.” Faith is not something we possess by degrees. The journey is complex, different for each traveler and involving at least four intertwined pathways:

 

Trusting

First and foremost, faith is trusting. To be a person of faith is to rely on God, to know that “the Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23). It’s to rest confidently in the power and care of the living, loving Lord who’s revealed in the Bible and in our own experience. Faith is to give ourselves to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and in our times, not knowing where it will lead.

 

Believing

Faith is also believing 

in someone. In the Apostle’s Creed, for example, we say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” This is not the same as saying, “I believe that

 God the Father Almighty exists.” Rather, we’re confessing our confidence in God, our devoted loyalty, and our allegiance. Such belief may involve going beyond what we’re sure of and taking a “leap of faith.”

 

Following

There’s more to faith than trusting and believing. Faith is more active, a matter of 

doing as well as being

. So Jesus said to his first disciples, “Follow me.” To be faithful is to follow Jesus the Christ. It is to be one of his disciples, seeking to understand his will and his way — and to do it. Such discipleship is not an easy matter. Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).

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Hoping

Christian faith is also a matter of hoping, of leaning into the future that God has promised. It’s living with the assurance that God is bringing in the time of shalom, God’s reign here on earth. As Easter people, we have a hope born of the Resurrection: God has already conquered sin and death, and the kingdom of love, righteousness, peace and justice is even now breaking in. To abide in hope is to watch and pray for God’s future and to join in the ministries through which it will be realized.

Surrounded by the love and encouragement of the community of believers, we persevere on the journey of faith, ever trusting, believing, following and hoping.