We all like to be comfortable. As far as I'm aware no one aspires to be living on the edge of society and have nothing to their name. Everyone wants to have people or keep possessions around them to make them feel comfortable and 'live life to the full'. But what if we are called to 'live life to the full' by giving away. By giving away possessions, by giving away love and friendship that you keep for certain individuals. I've been reading a book recently called 'If you want to walk on water you have to step out of the boat' by John Ortberg. Apologies for anyone who was in my seminar on the weekend away, it's going to be a lot of the same stuff.
This book talks about stepping out in faith using the narrative of when Jesus and Peter walk on water in Matthew 14:22-32. This was the only time in history when a person has walked on water but what affect does it have on our life.
What I have learn't over the past few months is that if I want to grow in faith in Jesus Chirst then I need to step out in faith. I need to trust that Jesus has got my back and that if I am doing something because I want to further his kingdom then I just need to do it, don't wait for God to give me a sign. For me this has worked out best in my life when Matthew Porter gave a sermon about giving financially, I remember that I promised God two years ago that I would give a certain amount of money to the church. I really didn't want to do this as it would mean that I would have very little money to live off of for the rest of the month and I didn't want to just be eating Morrisons value noodles for 3 weeks!! But all the same I did give that money and I felt such a relief taken off of my shoulders. I felt it was the right thing to have done.
Then the trouble started, I was called into the office of my paid job and told that I might loose my job in 2 weeks. Not good. A week after that happened someone from church came up to me and offered me a job, that would be perfect, what good timing God! I have now taken that job and have kept my other job as well. This means that I would have got back pretty much all the money that I gave away.
This has been a great time of God providing and I firmly believe that God will protect you and look after you, psalm 121. In this case he gave me a job, I might have been given some money randomly or lots of people cook for me that month. The ways God could have protected me are countless but I am told He will protect me, all I've got to do is trust. Through this process as well I have grown to trust God so much more, which I think was the whole aim of this.
So this time I talked about stepping out in faith with possessions and money and next time I'll talk about what stepping out in relationships and what it means to me.
Blog post by Lawrence
Lawrence is on the student team at St Michael le Belfrey and became a Christian while he was a student in York.