In his book Crazy Love Francis Chan asks,
—–What are you doing right now
—–that requires faith? (p. 124)
When the question was first posed to him in a class at Bible college, Francis Chan came to the conclusion that he wasn’t really doing anything in particular that required a whole lot of faith. He figured his everyday life wouldn’t be a whole lot different for him if he didn’t believe in God.
On the one hand, I empathize with Francis Chan. A lot of times I’ll make plans and run with them, only afterwards asking God to “baptize” them with His blessing. And then there are the occasions when I find myself completely overwhelmed by some situation only to discover that not once have I brought it to God in prayer. I don’t think I’m the only one to profess a trust in God … as long as everything’s in control, there’s money in the bank, I’m healthy, and the right people think well of me. I say I live by faith … but I have my backups and safety nets in place as best as I can just in case the unknown happens. So often I go on my own strength, and only when I really run stuck will I turn to God. (Of course, there’s something to be said about needing to live wisely and responsibly…)
Having confessed that, there’s also a part of me that would answer the question by saying “Everything!” You think being a human being, husband, father, friend, and pastor is something I can do well naturally?! If it weren’t for the gift of faith and for the reality of God’s grace and Spirit, I wouldn’t be who I am doing what I do. None of it would exist. I don’t think I’d exist!
So I feel it’s a bit of a trick question. Sure, asking it challenges you, but it might also create undue guilt.
Related to this is a better quote from the book that I want to be able to honestly say myself more and more:
I’m thankful for the unknowns and that I don’t have control, because it makes me run to God. (p. 45)
Great post! So often we can read books like that and like you said it can create undue guilt. I’ve done that. I totally agree when you say that your whole life is lived by faith. As Christians that is the reason we live, for our faith, and when we live for our faith our actions will require faith. I like that quote at the end too, makes us realize how small (because of the word “run”, like kids to their parents) we really are and that we don’t know everything when we think we do. Thanks Stan -DVD