Real Faith

Maybe your journey of faith is a lot like mine. You know the right way to think, speak, or act, but often fail to do so. You know that your relationship with Jesus should be growing, but know temptation, compromise, or failure have taken you out along the way.

Maybe you’ve wondered why you’re not as far on the journey as you would like to be. Maybe it has been easy to wallow in insecurity, comparison, and shallow.While the struggle is real, I’m here to let you know that your journey of faith doesn’t have to be a struggle. Jesus can handle your stuff. He’s not overwhelmed by your failures. He’s does not come down hard on you because of your compromises. He’s not angry with you. He’s not trying to call you out for your lack of trust. Instead he wants to help you grow, to step into that place of real not fake, authenticity not hypocrisy.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, addresses this idea of real faith. He says that it is possible, it is something you can step into, and not a far-off distant fantasy. There are specific steps you can take. Let’s find out how:

1. Work It Out

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 
Ephesians 3:16 NLT

Your faith has more to the parts of your life that no one sees. It’s easy to focus on what people see. God wants to zero in on the deep, hidden and quiet parts of your life, and begin the hard work of changing you. Working out, developing strength, and stretching your capacity don’t come easy. It’s hard to work it out, but the discipline of ritual and repetition begins to change you from the inside out. Spiritual strength isn’t developed overnight but over the long haul. You have to be committed to work it out!

2. Be Okay With Uncomfortable

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him… 
Ephesians 3:17 NLT

Invite Jesus into every part of your life. Don’t keep any part of your life untouched or hidden from him. When Jesus has the final say over any and every area of your life, it gets uncomfortable. And that’s okay. Jesus will adjust how you think, feel, speak and live. If you let him, he will grow your capacity and make you mature. You will learn from mistakes instead of repeating them. The small changes Jesus makes, will have a lasting impact on your life. This begins with you letting Jesus in, and being okay with uncomfortable.

3. Don’t Settle For Shallow

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 
Ephesians 3:17 NLT

It’s easy to settle for shallow Christianity. The problem however is that a shallow faith is weak, constantly shaken, and very easily taken off track. When you push deeper in your faith, and allow your life to be intertwined with God’s plan and purpose for you, it completely changes your life. You find life, strength, and strong support. Your life even becomes a strength to those around you. When your faith pushes past shallow, you become so rooted and grounded in Christ, that’s it’s hard to walk away.

4. Keep Falling In Love

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. 
Ephesians 3:18–19 NLT

When you first fell in love with Jesus, it was beautiful and transcendent. Your life was forever changed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that initial romance and wonder as time goes on. This is why it is so important to rediscover God’s love afresh. You can never fall in love with Jesus enough. There’s always more to God’s love, and you were meant to be caught up with that love forever. It’s important to cultivate and grow your love for Jesus.

Your faith journey doesn’t have to be a struggle. You don’t have to let failure, compromise, insecurity, or fake be the words that describe it. Jesus wants to help you step into real. You can be fully alive and complete in Christ. He wants all of you, every part. It’s in that place of real faith, that your life finds true meaning and fulfillment.