… abound in everything – IN FAITH, in words, in knowledge, in diligence, in love toward one another - also remembering to abound in grace. 2 Corinthians 8:7 (paraphrased)
Growing up we participated in many school fund raisers. One of the most popular was a fair with game booths and activities. A stand-out favorite was the Cake Walk where luscious cakes donated by parents, friends and local bakeries were the prize for winning. A circle of 15 numbered sheets of paper were masking-taped to the floor in a circle and one of the cakes was placed in the middle. Those who hoped to take home that cake would produce a token or two (usually purchased by a Father or Mother) which gave them a spot on one of the numbered sheets of paper with the opportunity to win the desired cake. When the music started the participants would begin stepping from one number to the next until the music stopped. Then one number was drawn from a jar holding pieces of papers numbered 1 to 15. The person who was standing on the drawn number won the cake! That person’s investment paid off – the other 14 just had a nice walk.
The Cake Walk resembles our faith walk. We turn in our faith ticket of obedience at the door of God’s grace often in hopes of walking away with the temptingly sweet benefits of knowing Christ. However, when the game of life brings no cake but rather disappointment, sorrow, or unhappiness we are tempted to quit investing...
"I like to think that I would have followed Jesus all the way to the cross—but I have my doubts. It’s easy to trust Him when He outsmarts the smart people and outmaneuvers the people in power. But when He begins to talk about suffering and sacrifice and death, I hesitate.” Julie Ackerman Link
When we choose to walk with God, our ticket of faith is purchased and we become invested in obedience to Him. However, unlike the Cake Walk, as life’s disappointing draws come our way our investment is still intact because our ticket of faith was purchased by Christ himself by His death on the cross. With it comes not only an awesome walk with Him, but the promise of our forever home with Him...that’s a win!
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
PRAYER: Today and every day I want to ABOUND IN FAITH. Please keep my eyes on your promises, LORD, and my feet in the direction of obedience to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“FAITH IS NOT CONVENIENT... IT IS DIFFICULT AND DEMANDING.” Pastor Joel Dombrow
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