What's in Your Heart
Scripture may offer no better definition of faith than Hebrews does: the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It’s something of a paradox that what we hold most dear is at the same time “invisible.” Ancestors in faith such as Abraham trusted in the promises of God to lead them to a place they could not yet see. God saw in Sarah and Abraham what they at first could not: a people for the Lord.
What are the “invisible” things faith gives you the eyes to see?
What do you “treasure”? What does it say about what’s important to you? The gospel story says the Kingdom is already at hand. Have you already begun to store up this permanent treasure?
Growing up in California “earthquake country,” there was a certain level of preparedness I came to know as a child. We stored jugs of water and canned food in earthquake kits that were to be kept away from the house in case the foundation was damaged. The occasional earthquake drill at school helped our classroom feel as if we were prepared.
You never knew when the ground would start shaking and items would come tumbling from your shelves. Preparedness became a way of life just in case today would be the day the big one hit. It certainly took effort and time to stockpile items and put them in a special place, but it was worth it because earthquakes are unpredictable and you can’t go to the grocery store the night before a large one!
Faith requires that same persistence and attention. While you cannot expect to go from an empty to a full faith instantly, you can, like the vigilant servant in the gospel story, live with the intentionality that faith demands, grow in faith, and be ready for what life sends your way, even if it’s unexpected.
The people follow the example of those above them.
The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
If you forget your roots, you’ve lost sight of everything.