Faith is not knowledge!

Faith is not the human act of merely consenting to theological knowldge but it is the divine act of submitting both our Intellect and Will to God's revelation. If the Intellect alone is employed, knowledge remains simply as true and good life-giving information. It does not transform our life nor does it give life. Faith without action is dead. Jam 2:26 Will is the faculty of the soul which seeks to love that which is known. And 'loving' is not simply liking the information but the act of becoming what we have come to know. In other words loving is to freely act upon the information in such a way that knowledge becomes a living experience. If I come to know that in order to sustain my life I must drink water and if I do not act on this information and drink water, this knowledge does not do me any good.  In order for my faith to be active and alive, my Will has to be in harmony with the Intellect. It also means both my Intellect and Will should be surrendered to God. The di

Unwavering focus

We get distracted and stray away if we have a wavering focus. Instead if we have a single focus in mind, for life, every situation, be it negative or positive, will be a stepping stone, to inch closer to that focus. This is independent of what happens to us and around us.

For a Christian, our life's focus is union with Christ. This begins here on earth and culminates gloriously in eternal life. Wrong focus is like wearing a dark glass and forgetting it is there. Everything looks dark and we presume the darkness to be normal and stray away.

Suppose ones focus is to create wealth. Every person, situation, opportunities that comes his way, will be used to achieve his focus. In the process, he fail to  attend to the focus of others. But if our focus is Christ, we will create wealth and  still focus on Christ. This enables us to share, empower, create opportunities for others to grow and thus draw closer to our focus. And at the same time, enjoy a great deal of the providence of God.

Wrong focus can wreck our lives. A statement like "every man who knocks the door of a brothel is looking for God" can create a chronic womanizer, if his focus is sexual pleasure. However true, the statement may be, if it has to impact the way it ought to, the soil it falls, should have the right focus.

This is why Jesus tells the story of the sower where the seeds fall on the wrong places and die. But that which fell on the fertile soil, yielded a plentiful harvest. One cannot blame the death of the seeds on the sower. It was the wrong focus that killed what would have been life giving.

You may ask why not then the sower sow his seeds only in the fertile soil and reap a good harvest. Alas if He did that, you and I would have never had a chance to refocus our lives on Christ, the Good sower. He will continue to sow good seeds in all kinds of soil because he loves every one of his children. It is up to us to grab the opportunity and have the right focus

Lord, may our focus never waver


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