Faith or Wishful Thinking?

By Gene Vincent - Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

I have once again reminded myself of a truth about faith!

Faith without Action is Wishful thinking, or at least that is the way I see it. I often share my wishful thinking with God. He being the kind and considerate God that He is, listens. But I think He would prefer to hear about the steps I have taken to further His Kingdom and share His love. I think that God is more interested in watching me in risky action instead of comfortable ease. I tend to believe that God desires that I do and not watch. There are too many Christians that are sitting in the stands and praying simple nice “Get Well” prayers instead of being involved in the action and shouting for help because they are drowning.

I am guilty of sitting and not doing at times. But there have been times, that I would jump at the chance to walk on the water or march around the enemy walls until they came crashing down. What has changed? Why am I on the sideline instead of the heated rumble of battle? To be honest, it’s hard. It will take the breath out of you and it will even cause you to question at times. But I have to admit that it is a rush of excitement to be a Christian that is engaged in the work!

So what must I do? Should I stay on the sideline and remember the days of the past? Or should I get off the bench and go to work? One of the things that I have learned as I grow older is that I don’t jump up as fast as before. But I need to jump! I need to sharpen the tools and get my gear out! I need to be involved as an Active Christian until my last heart beat and last deep breath. And the reason I need to do this is twofold, 1) for His Glory and secondly 2) for Joy of it!

I know a man that is 88 and he will stop you and ask your status with God, he will interrupt a meaningless conversation to witness to you, he will visit the “old” folks in the hospital to share an encouraging word, and he will give away $20 when he only has $20 in his pocket. He gets up slower then he use to but he gets up and is engaged!

Let’s Get up and stop all the Wishful Thinking and start Faithing! Let’s once again get serious about not just being Christian but doing Christian! It will make a difference!

By Gene Vincent

Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

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