First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspective,

Billy Graham once said about choosing to follow Jesus; "Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment. Being a Christian is the work of a lifetime."

The faith of a new believer can be very fragile. That statement is best illustrated in a story about how a group of engineers began the process of spanning a deep gorge. This was before the days of helicopters that could carry heavy cables across to begin the construction of a bridge. The engineers in this case chose to use a kite that was tethered only by a small string. Once the kite had successfully crossed the gorge, it was intentionally grounded. The engineers then tied a slightly heavier string to the kite string and began pulling it across the expanse. This would be repeated several times, each time with a slightly larger string. Soon the larger string was tethered to a cord and then the cord carried a small rope. Then a larger rope was attached until a small cable spanned the gorge. The process continued until the cables necessary to support the bridge were firmly fastened in place.

When a person decides to deny self and confess Jesus as Lord, their faith might be compared to 'thread-like' faith. Functional, but very fragile. Sadly, that is where so many who start the journey, stop. A growing number settle for just be connected and refuse to allow anything more to be added to their faith. And the process of being completed halts, at least for the time being.

The process of growing stronger and more stable in our faith (sanctification) is the result of exercising the discipline of discipleship. There are many who prefer to follow Christ socially who refuse the Master Engineer building something greater and more enduring in them, for them and through them.

So many church members settle for a 'kite string' faith when God wants to add to your faith the cables of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Ephesians 5:22-23) Those cables of character will not only be supplied for you, they are designed to support you personally, when firmly anchored to the rock. These cables of character are designed to help support others, as well.

And with time, even through trial and tribulation, day by day, Jesus builds something strong and dependable. Through His continuing work of grace, mercy and love, we who continue to trust His promises are strengthened day by day as the tiny thread-like string becomes a cord, then a rope and then the cable that will support even 'the weight of this world' sufficiently.

Philippians 4:19 reminds us that "our God will supply all our need according to His riches in Christ Jesus."

Question is, will you let Him? Will I?

This will not happen overnight. But little by little, day by day, as we are tethered to Him, our faith becomes stronger as God develops His perfect design in us.

Do you feel 'stretched' in your faith today? By the way, that should be looked upon as a good thing, not a bad thing! Being stretched reveals that God is adding greater more enduring qualities to your life in the process of sanctification.

Don't settle for weak faith that is fragile.

Don't allow anything or anyone to cause His work to stall your spiritual growth and development.

Be decisive in your faith!

Be devoted in your faith!

Be disciplined in your faith!

Be determined in your faith!

Be diligent until you die in faith!

Then, you and I will be able to see more perfectly all that God built for His glory!!


Be encouraged,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36