We were recently asked in our church Evangelism class to think of a good illustration describing "faith"--the saving kind, and not mere head knowledge. And just last night, I saw this picture on facebook, thanks to SermonQuotes along with these wise words from Hudson Taylor, and thought "this is perfect!"
Can you trust this bridge to get you across the other side? Christ, our Savior may be likened to this bridge. Will you entrust your life to Him as the One & Only Way to the Father (John 14:6)? To salvation from eternal damnation (Acts 4:12)? To heaven (Luke 23:39-43)?
Committing our lives to the Lord for salvation however, is only the beginning. Our everyday walk with God as Christians and our endeavors as a church also require faith. As faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:11), we will surely be confronted with risks to take just as Abraham had when he followed God's call to leave his home to embark onto the great unknown; or when Noah, after being warned by God of things he has never seen, built an ark despite the criticism and opposition of so many. What we put at stake, be it our time, money, skill, body, our love and devotion or our very lives as we heed God's call reflect our faith.
The good truth on the other hand, is that it doesn't really matter much though our faith be the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20). We can always ask God to help us in our unbelief (Mark 9:23-24). Rather, it is the object of our faith that counts! What or better yet, "Who" do you believe? Our duty is to simply trust and obey. Our God is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17)! It is His job to move the mountain. It is He who can feed five thousand out of two fish and five loaves of bread. His grace will always be greater than our sin (Romans 5:20). It will always suffice for our every need & weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
What is God asking you to trust Him with today? What is He calling you to do? Are you willing to take that step of faith? Do you dare leap?
"Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."
--John Sammis, 1887