Mark Affleck


October 24, 2016
Spiritual Growth

I spent many years living without the confidence needed to activate my faith, utilize my God-given gifts, and live out my purpose for Christ and his Kingdom.
It pains me now to reflect on those circumstances, but that is not the point God wants me to embrace. The point and key takeaway is how that learning must prompt me to tell others about the imperative to build their life on Jesus and fully activate their faith.
The parable of the wise and the foolish builders illustrates how important it is to build one’s life on Jesus and activate our faith. There are two kinds of people whose hearts reveal their actions: hearers and doers. The wise person is the doer who puts Jesus’ teachings into practice. The power to find peace lies in our belief in Christ, our repentance from sin, our love for one another, and our living a life that is worthy of the Master’s example. This is what theologians call sanctification, or holiness.
Think of it like this…
Why did God create us? It certainly was not because he needed us.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:24-25
No, he did not need us, but he chose to create us anyway, out of his great love: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
We were created to fulfill his eternal plan to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5), to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39), and because “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10).
Look at all of those promises!
Living a life in Christ comes, in large part, from seeing God complete in us what he created us to do on this side of the heavenly divide. It is impossible to miss that “completion” when we see it unfold in the real world as we glorify and exhibit Christ in our lives. When it is all said and done, in the end it will be our faith, not our gold, that God will have on display as our victory.
All we need to do is activate our faith.

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