Saturday, June 25, 2005

a simple agenda

"God’s people are always called to act in faith. Scripture is filled with examples of God calling us to take simple actions of faith, that result in His responses of large spiritual impact."

The above comment from a sidebar article in my Bible had me thinking this week about simple acts of faith. The Bible certainly is full of examples. To name four:

- The Levites carrying the ark had to take their first step into the water of the Jordan River before God stopped its flow and the Israelites could walk across (Joshua 3).

- The Zarephath widow had to give Elijah the first serving of her last meal before God started replenishing her oil and flour again and again (1 Kings 17:8-16).

- The widow’s two sons had to follow Elisha’s instructions and borrow empty containers before the oil ever started flowing (2 Kings 4:1-7).

- The little boy had to hand over his lunch for one before Jesus could feed the crowd of 5,000 (John 6:1-14).

What simple act of faith is God asking me to do today? If, in prayer, I ask, Lord, what’s on the agenda today? and He replies, email this friend, or call your sister, or write up this idea, or send a cheque to this mission or spend some time praying for this person, I dare not spurn these simple things. Instead I must do them with the faith that knows God can make them significant. For even Jesus acknowledged the importance of the simple act and spelled out its eternal consequence:

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. (Matthew 10:42 NIV)

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