When we think about taking a faith step we’re not always focused on the step. We view the step as a necessary evil to accomplish what we really want. We don’t like the faith step. We don’t even like the journey. We simply want the treasure at the end of the rainbow so we take the step. We take the step with no intention of acknowledging the importance of the step until AFTER we have finished the journey.
But what if there is no treasure at the end of the rainbow? What if the journey we thought would yield such great fruit and reward ended in mediocrity? What if we deem the result of the faith step a failure? If this is the case you may need to re-evaluate the purpose of the faith step.
The Faith Step Isn’t a Guarantee There are no guarantees your faith step will end as you hope. We look at Abraham and Isaac and use the story of Abraham’s faith step as a doctrinal stance to believe in God’s unwavering protection, but how then do we justify Paul’s imprisonment, Stephen’s martyrdom, or Christ’s crucifixion? Their faith steps didn’t lead them to 6 digit book deals, a Christian speaking circuit, or the an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a major leadership conference. They had a goal in mind, but they understood their goals may not be God’s goals. They had to be ok with wherever the faith step would take them. They focused on the glory found in being chosen to take any step at all to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Faith Step Is Enough On It’s Own Looking back on life we appreciate the journey. We relish the wins and the losses, the grief and the joy. Our life plays out like our favorite movie, full of ups, downs, plot twists, and nail biting thrills. However, we can’t script our life as we would a movie. Why? Because as a follower of Jesus, we are not the authors of our story. We are actors in an ever-changing script, fully reliant on the author and director to guide us through every scene. We don’t need to know if our life will be a box-office hit. We just need to focus on the scene we are in, no matter how mundane or seemingly inconsequential. Sometimes the faith step is really a faithful step. It’s being present where you are and trusting the final product to the creator and director of the script.
The Faith Step is Yours to Own You can’t blame your inaction on others. At the end of their lives people often say they regret the things they didn’t do more than the things they didn’t do well. They don’t clamor for more work time, they regret not spending more time with their family. They regret not taking the risk. They regret letting others intimidate them into apathy. They regret not standing up for the poor, broken, and mistreated. They regret not doing more with the years they were given. All of these regrets stem from faith step avoidance. The faith step is yours to take, nobody else’s. Own it, take it, and if it doesn’t turn out as you would have hoped, at least you tried.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite speeches, The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt, and encourage you to do that thing you’ve been wanting to do. Do the thing God’s been calling you to do. Do it with no guarantees other than the satisfaction of obedience, and trust the results to Father God. Let your faith step be your first step to the person He has called you to be.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt