It seems that often, far too often, we “Christians” find ourselves over-our-heads in pity, condemnation, discouragement or doubt because of this little thing called: “feelings.” We don’t feel like reading our Bibles, sharing our faith, going to church, etc. – we long for those times when we felt God in such a real way we thought we were going to explode!!
Feelings by their very nature are weird and misleading. Surely you’ve felt something one day, only to feel nearly the opposite the next. I believe feelings and emotions are part of being a Christian and in being human in general, but God calls us to much more than that. God calls us to work. We certainly aren’t saved by works – as Ephesians 2:8 tells us – but we sure aren’t saved by feelings either. We’re saved by God, and therefore we should take Him seriously when he says, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). That means it’s possible for us to feel as though we have faith to move mountains – yet, in reality, it could be that we have the “dead” faith just mentioned in James 2:17. God calls us to “be” and “do” rather than to simply feel. He calls us to have real faith instead of sporatic emotional highs.
Real faith is something others can see. That’s why James says in verse 18, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do”. Faith can’t simply sit on it’s butt, or spend all it’s time in worship services or Christian events – no way! People are lost and need a Savior & Lord – you have the opportunity to do something! Faith can’t help but demonstrate itself, and that in turn is what helps us know it is real. What shows we have real faith is when that faith compels us to help the poor and to turn away from temptation. Real faith is when we stand for God in a society that runs the other way. Real faith causes us to occasionally leave the pampering pew to study the Bible with someone who can’t read.
Real faith sticks with it’s commitments even when it feels like quitting or complaining. Never let boredom or the feeling like we’re not appreciated or needed cause you to jump ship! Keep rowing all the way to shore! Overcome emotions with faithfulness!
And interestingly enough, that kind of faith
is certainly something to feel good about.
You feelin’ me on this?
Back to reality, Chilly
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