Scripture Reading – Hebrews 11: 23-29 (You can read this account of a faith story of Moses in this section. Hebrews 11-13 is a definition of faith by examples.)
We read, see, and hear every day on computers, newspapers, magazines, TV, and the Internet (or even our phones) stories of non-descript people doing incredible things. A story on the news last night highlighted a warrior’s mother who has started selling different pieces of wearable jewelry and bracelets in honor of those who have served in the armed forces in the past or currently. I looked at some of her creations and was inspired by the hope she carried that her son will return safely and alive. Her hope inspired a substance that could and should also inspire others. It inspired me. I looked at her website (http://www.bands4courage.com) and thought I would take some time and consider what I would want to wear to commemorate my support for the troops in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan – a token to show that I, too, have hope for the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers that are overseas, not knowing what the next minute will hold for them other then hope.
And hope is the essence of faith – a substance believed in but not seen. Faith is a belief in the unknown. Each day that we wake up we are given another instance to walk in the unknown, knowing only that the light that lights up our path is the Word of God. The woman mentioned above had no idea that she would become the week’s hero of the television station airing the show about her. She was just doing something as a hobby, hoping to inspired belief and hope in safe returns.
What we do as Christians in not merely a service every Sunday, a Bible study here and there, and volunteering for the local bake sales when they are needed. Instead, Christianity is an action whereby we show the Christ spirit within us. We extent whatever hospitality we have and make sure that our neighbors, our friends, the people we meet on the street or in business, and those we love around us are treated with respect and given gifts of what we have to celebrate their entrance into our lives.
For me, the U.S. flag, the Air Force (which I was never able to join), and other symbols of our country in which we live and have the freedom to write and believe as we do are symbols that somewhere, somehow, someone is positioned in a position of danger to protect those things that I believe in whether they willingly or were given orders to be there.
Jesus was given orders to die on a cross, but Jesus’ actions did not stop there. On the day of resurrection, Jesus became something new to the disciples and others who were following Christ. They realized that death was no longer the victor, but the resurrection power of Jesus Christ became the tool with which we base our faith, hope, and love. How we act and live that life should be an intentional part of every day for us. When we get up in the morning, we need to take and inventory of all that God has blessed us with in our lives so that as we live and move and have our being in this world, that inventory becomes our tool bag, to be used to help others around us remember.
The word “remember” is one of the most-often used words in the Bible. God wants us to remember the beginnings, the middles, and the current situations we are in so that we may strengthen someone else’s hope, thus strengthening their faith. If we would remember all of God’s grace, the love of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, perhaps something will stir within us a compassion and a passion to keep on traveling across this river of stone in the river of life that God has given to us. As the waters of the river are stirred in different directions, but to the same end, let us ignore the waves and ripples that may upset us, and instead look to Jesus for the guidance and direction we need to make it safely across in our own journeys.