Just KISS

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6


Praying with my friend Kevin this morning before he went into surgery we were enjoying a few light moments as nurses and doctors prepped him and consulted with him to inform him of what would transpire before, during and after his surgery. We were talking about the issue of faith, and about connecting with God on a day to day basis and being aware of His presence in our lives at any given moment. Kevin was wondering if he was fulfilling God’s calling in his life, or was there something more that God was wanting Kevin to do.

Kevin shared a funny story about his dad and how when they play golf his dad will slice his shot so that it ends up all the way in the next fairway. If you know anything about golf this isn’t the best possible shot but it doesn’t bother Kevin’s dad in the least. His dad believes that God allowed that bad shot because there must be someone in the other fairway that needs to hear about God. I don’t know about Kevin’s dad’s golf game but I do know Kevin’s dad is aware of God’s active presence in our lives and that he for sure avails himself to being used by God.

As I listened to Kevin interact with doctors and nurses and hospital staff I realized Kevin is a lot like his dad as he too lives by faith way more than he even realizes and I hope and pray that you and I do too. Without even thinking about what he was saying Kevin brought God into every conversation he had. He enjoyed a light hearted moment with the anesthesiologist asking him to not wake him up because when you are asleep you don’t have to think or worry about a thing Kevin said jokingly. He shared about his faith in Jesus and that regardless of what happened in the surgery Kevin knew he was in good hands, God’s hands that is.

As we continued our conversation about faith Kevin was reflecting back over his life which is completely normal when preparing to have a surgery like the one he was having today. He was questioning himself wondering if he had done enough in trying to minister Jesus in previous situations he had been in. I reminded Kevin of the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 where the apostle Paul writes, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” I reminded Kevin what I want to remind you today to, friend. Our job isn’t the results, our job is to be faithful in planting and watering and trusting the results to God by faith. I told Kevin God isn’t looking for the most qualified people as much as He is looking for the most available people. After all, God doesn’t necessarily call the qualified but He most definitely qualifies the called.  

My time with Kevin this morning and watching him use his gifts in ministering to people reminded me of a simple little life goal I have set for myself to help me both focus and grow as a believer. Its nothing profound but it works for me and I pray it helps and works for you too. I try to remind myself, “Every day do something that requires faith.” Not only does it require faith to please God but as Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the believers opportunity to trust God and the more you and I trust God, and take Him at His Word, the more our faith grows. Like I said, nothing earth shattering, it actually falls under the KISS method, “Keep It Simple Saint.”

Keep your faith simple today loved one. Make the most of your day and week by seeking “every day to do something that requires faith” on your part. It’s how we grow and its what makes us glow as we go!

 
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”


2 Corinthians 5:7


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Michael Osthimer

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