Or are we wearing faith on our sleeve? Is it dripping from our lips when it’s only skin deep? Or have its roots dug deep into our soul?
Yes, I bet the title got some attention. We’re told that when blogging we need to create somewhat provocative titles. This one certainly is provocative. And it can be applied to anything the natural mind can conceive of as “naked”.
But I’m talking about “naked faith”. The kind that lives deep within and rarely makes an appearance until invited by the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t roll from one’s lips without provocation and doesn’t masquerade as faith when merely deep-seated belief . A faith that is deeply committed and rooted in the Lord!
I’m quite certain this piece is prompted by much of what I’ve read via social media this past week. By things said to me directly, as well as what other’s wrote and “spoke”. Much of the time I can handle the naivete’ of young believers not yet tried and tested; but when immaturity rears its ugly head by those who believe they are steeped deeply in faith. . . Well let’s just say, such things rattle my spiritual cage!
Personally I struggle with not being viewed as spiritually arrogant, as I hate that in self – and others! But I’ve been called to do and say certain things and I’m not going to remain silent when the Spirit maneuvers me into opening up to let fly!
Too much of what we as believers do and say is simply faith worn on our shirt sleeves! TWEET THIS
It isn’t the faith of our forefathers and certainly not that of the Lord. I doubt we’ll ever be asked to exercise a faith that demands we give our lives in the worst way possible. Thanks to PAPA, it was done once – for all and we don’t have to repeat it.
But we are often asked to do what appears humanly impossible which can only be accomplished by a faith that goes deeper than our epidermis. PAPA has a unique way of bringing us into a maturity that we never thought possible. And the only way He can accomplish that is crush the hard shell of our human egocentricity.
It takes a lifetime to do so. The process of salvation occurs in the twinkling of an eye once we are prepared for the experience. Sanctification on the other hand is a tougher road to travel. Even using such big theological terms can be roadblocks to attaining the simplicity of childlike faith.
When we step onto the road that leads to ‘full stature’; we have faith the size of a mustard seed and it can move mountains. But to level life’s playing field in order to lie down in green pastures and enjoy His rest – takes faith that has come to full blossom with roots dug deep into the soil of our being!
The tree simply stands for all to see and marvel at its having reached maturity from such a tiny beginning.
It doesn’t babble Scripture drawn from years of memorization that simply says more about the babbler than the Lord!
Let me say it this way – if our faith draws more attention to me as a person than to the Lord as the Lord – then it’s not naked. TWEET THIS
And it’s not mature! It won’t do what it’s sent forth to do until we learn to shut our mouths and let the grown ups talk!
I recall as a very young child, I was taught to be seen but not heard. In other words, adult visitors could see my cute blond curls; but when it was time to let the adults get on with it. I knew to go do little girl things. I wasn’t ready for adult life – and I knew it!
Unfortunately too many believers haven’t learned there’s a time to speak and a time to be still. They haven’t learned that growing up in the Lord is similar to growing up as a human being. Infant, toddler, child, teenager, young adult and mature wise woman (or man). And while we may be mature in one area of our lives; we are but an infant in another.
As I said – it’s a lifelong process! And when we insist on wearing faith on the outside for all to see and marvel at how astute we think we are; then we not only do ourselves and PAPA a disservice, we can bruise tender reeds and lead others into error.
Knowing and repeating Scripture at the drop of a syllable is one thing – living it in the depths of our soul is quite another. I can tell you from personal experience that once we’ve lived an aspect of it in our souls – we become prone to silence. Not to babbling ~
Faith is an inward experience. It is at the behest and power of the Holy Spirit. He gives the increase when we surrender our need to be seen and heard. And if we don’t learn the lesson the first time around; we’re bound to repeat it until either we learn to keep quiet. . .
Or He shoves a sock in our mouth which we cannot remove.
So are we living a naked faith that others may not see until PAPA deems it to be so?
Or are we babbling at the risk of having the Spirit shut us down until maturity sets in?
It’s an eternally important question which each of us must answer for ourselves!
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