Faith is a full-contact sport. It requires full engagement, from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head, a person must be committed to their belief that God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do (taken from Beth Moore Believing God study).
Scripture is clear, we cannot let ourselves be tossed on the waves of world (James 1:6) we must believe fully and completely. Believing that God is moving when it seems like life is on “pause” is something that can take Herculean amounts of strength to keep going forward. But that is what we are called to do. (Hebrews 11:1).
Lazy Faith is dangerous. It is like the untrained person who thinks he can perform great feats because he has watched other people do it. It’s Faith without substance, it’s just a theory.
One of my favorite passages in Scripture as a new believer was Hebrews 11. Full of rich stories and a who’s-who of believers withstanding difficulty to continue living in Faith and growing in Faith.
I sometimes think that is why God gave us the Bible- He knew our faith was weak and we would need encouragement to keep going. We can grow stronger by reading that others struggled in the same ways but didn’t give up. Stories of Corrie Ten Boom, Joni Erickson Tada, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and Cassie Bernall are today’s Hall of Faith heroes. Not because they were bigger and stronger and unshaken, but because in the moments when believing mattered more than anything else- they stood.
Lazy Faith looks good when all is going well, but when trouble comes and difficulties shake their world they cannot maintain their faith. It’s an unused muscle.
Walking daily as a believer, going through normal routines, can cause our Faith muscles to soften which is also dangerous. Prayer, reading, listening to messages from Word-rooted pastors, these are ways we can keep moving our muscles and keep them at the ready so when we need to “flex” them we are prepared.
It’s the ultimate kind of exercising.