In the Christian world, the word faith is thrown around like some super-secret word that only those in the know-know how to use. When the subject is spoken about those in the know-know and the rest of us keep our mouths shout or else everyone will know that we don’t know what they know.
Like a good student, I researched on faith and what I learned was that Romans 10:17 (NKJV) says that “faith comes by hearing the word of God.” Sounds simple enough.
I read and read and my faith didn’t change much. I suspected there was more to it than I imagined. I began to ask Jesus about faith and how it worked. I remembered a story from my past that had some interesting parallels.
The story is set in the late 1990s. I am trying to navigate this new computer that my son, Daniel, has wormed into my life and the house. I was accosted by my own son to the supposition that “if you don’t learn how to use a computer you will become obsolete.” Well I was not about to crumble under the threat of a 10 year old, so I learned how to turn it on and began surfing the net as it was called. There were many things besides typing I was not good at and I was forced to ask my victorious son how to do; a little humility goes a long way.
Here is a sample of one of many training exchanges between me and my 10 year old son.
Dad: Dan, can you show me how to change the font size so I can actually read something.
Dan: Sure Dad! (Dan sits down next to me) All you gotta do is press this button here that says ctrl. Then press this and this and this and these 10 other buttons and you get to this screen. Then you scroll down to number 5 where it says font size and you pick your font and save it as the default font and you’re done. Easy right, okay, you got that now.
Dad: What? Can you say that a little slower?
Dan: Okay, press this button here that says ctrl and then press this and this and this. You will get to this screen and then you scroll down to number 5 where it says font size, pick your font, and save it as the default font and you’re done. Okay, I gotta go.
This scenario play out countless times and we both suffered. Me, because I was the bread winner, Dad, and I was to have all the answers. Dan, because Dad was 10 years behind and he was tasked with catching me up on technology in 15 minutes. The solution to this dilemma was I needed training, ether in school or I had to teach myself.
As I recalled this story, I remembered I needed to go to the source. First get an overview of what a computer did and how it did it. Take a look inside and learn to identify the various parts and what part they each played. Within a few months, I was able to build my own computer and it worked. I bristled with new confidence and my son found it much easier to spend time talking to Dad about technology. By committing to learning about computers I caught up to technology and made a new and lasting connection with my son.
Now back to faith, in remembering this story, Jesus reminded me to first go to the source; which was Him, Jesus. Even as I took a look inside the computer to see what was inside, I began to read the bible differently. Instead of reading stories and parables, I looked for clues as to the nature and character of Jesus. I had become a detective in search of Jesus and I was hot on His trail. I purposed to learn about Jesus and as I searched and searched through the bible and other books what I actually was learning was to believe in Jesus. I was becoming convinced that it was all true, the Bible, Jesus, and all of it was really true. I had discovered faith in all of its wonder and simplicity.
My faith is not in faith, my faith is in Jesus. So if Jesus says by His stripes I am healed …then I am! We don’t need to see it the very second we ask because it will come, He has given us His word on that. This revelation was empowering and liberating to me, it freed me to move on to find the victory Jesus so awesomely gave us. Knowing I am forgiven and loved and have the full backing of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Faith is a byproduct of our relationship with Jesus. When I spend time and develop my relationship with Jesus faith spills out of me.