Growing up I always found myself confusing active faith with what I like to call oblivious faith. For those of you who did not grow up with me, oblivious faith is a very easy faith to have. Think along the lines of, “I haven’t checked my bank account in 3 weeks, but my card hasn’t been declined so everything must be ok, right?” Or, “I’m starting to treat my debit card like a gift card. I do not know how much is on this, but we will give it a try.”
All oblivious faith requires is that I wish something good happens in the end. Active faith on the other hand requires that I do something. It means I must put in the work to make a successful outcome.
Believing is a good thing. But active faith goes further than that by taking the necessary steps needed in order to maximize that belief. Let’s say you went to school to be an accountant, graduated, and now want to get a job. You can have faith that you are ready to work and hope someone calls you with an offer. Or you can put that faith to work and pray for guidance, actively research companies, determine your worth for salary negotiations, craft a resume, land interviews, and network.
It’s okay to pray and wait for God’s timing, but don’t just sit back and wait for something good to happen. Take your faith to the next level.
Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that I need to be an active participant in my faith for it to reach maximum potential. Please help me to stay on the straight and narrow to achieve the goals you have for me. In Jesus name, amen.”
Go Deeper — Brainstorm ways to move your active faith to a new level. Whether it is coming up with new ways to approach an old problem or being better at including God in your decision making process, prayerfully consider how you can be more proactive.
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