Exactly what does faith cost? Is it a justifiable expense? Often many readily invest in fruitless activities; however, the faith which yields great profits remains unexplored. Do you know why faith is dangerous for some? Because it means trusting in something, someone that you cannot readily touch. God is only tangible in a spiritual sense. Meaning when I pray, worship, and praise I touch Him. But when the bottom falls out, I do not see or always feel Him. Turning to God is often the last option. As many feel if they are good, smart, or resourceful enough, depending on God is not necessary. This reasoning may seem logical from a natural perspective, yet spiritually it is unsubstantiated. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
My faith cost me what I fear the most: being misunderstood, judged, and lacking approval. Would I rather be validated by man and unapproved of by God? The former was my posture for ages until I realized that folk did not save me. When I was out of mind, two steps from the grave, it was God who reached down and dusted me off, calling me “beloved.” The latter is how I execute greatness, confound those who counted me out, and yes walk on water. Faith is an expenditure whose benefits far exceed the required sacrifice. Many of the things God calls me to do seem irrational, and counter-intuitive.
When I share my testimony I make myself vulnerable. This vulnerability in the natural prompts God to see my faith in the spiritual which in turns manifests tangible blessings. In Acts 22:14 there is an illustration of Gods desire for us to be available for him, thus making room for faith in our budget, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Loving the seemingly unlovable often cost humility and complete obedience to God. Is it worth it? Most assuredly, you see, when people reap the harvest of our obedience to God, they are more susceptible to turn to God. The price I paid to love may save someone’s life.
Financially, paying tithes and offerings roughly cost about 15% of my income but without God, I would have nothing. When I give generously and joyfully to God’s house, God is free to bless my house even more. Exponential blessings and breakthroughs, I simply invest in the one who invested in me. It is not as if God forces me to go fend for myself and bring Him back the increase, NO, he gives me a means to give to Him. What a mighty God we serve!
I am willing to invest, extend, donate, and spread whatever God wants from me into this His people. I pray that this blog will encourage us all to reevaluate our budgets and make time for what’s important to God. Acts 4:20 reminds us, “for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” It does cost us faith, time and energy to evangelize and witness; however, the lives that could be restored outweighs the few moments it took us to share. If someone didn’t take the time to pray, love, and care for me in Jesus name, I would not be the woman I am today. Those people that invested in me had ample faith in their budget.
I would like to thank my mother for caring, listening, and believing in me when no one else did, even I did not believe in me, but she did. It is an honor to be a recipient of Godly love and encouragement. Prayerfully, my imprint on this world will reflect the investment of God in me, as well as the believers who did not think it robbery to use their faith, time, and love for God to be a blessing to others. Also, brothers and sisters remember salvation is,