February 9, 2015

 

Working Out Your Faith

 

 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

James 1:2-3

A friend of mine had been a small guy for most of his life. Then, almost overnight, it was as though his muscles exploded! His biceps began to bulge, his triceps were tremendous, and his deltoids became defined. He’d obviously been working out, so I questioned him about his routine.

He explained, “I pick a muscle I want to make stronger – my biceps, for instance. When I work out that muscle, l lift a dumbbell again and again until I can’t lift anymore.”

“Then what?” I asked.

“When the muscle fails, I know that the muscle tissue has torn,” my friend continued. “I give the muscle 48 hours to rest and heal. As it heals, the tissue grows back a little bit thicker and a little bit stronger. Then I repeat the process with a heavier weight. Eventually, you see a change in your muscle size and strength.” It’s a painful process, but it works.

According to Scripture, just as lifting weights strengthen your muscles, trusting God in a trial will strengthen your patience. In James 1:3, the Bible says: “The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

There are four load-bearing words in that verse:

· Testing – means to be proved or pushed to the limit.

· Faith – the trust we place in Jesus Christ.

· Produces – to carry out a task until it is finished.

· Steadfastness – perseverance, patience or the ability stand up under something.

 

If we put those words back together and expand the meaning a bit, we get something like this: “When your trust in Jesus Christ is pushed to the limit, it works out and strengthens your ability to stand up to harsh circumstances and to persevere.”

Nobody wants to sign up for additional trials in our lives, but here’s the beautiful truth: God uses the trials that inevitably come our way to strengthen us as we trust in Him. So, count it all joy!

Have a Great Day and Keep Moving Forward!