Faith (part II)
CS Lewis hit the nail on the head yet again in his second chapter on faith. He talks about how faith is so very hard to fully understand and how the human language just can’t truly articulate the nature and the full role that faith has in our journey with Christ. But he does make a solid attempt to try to share the nature of faith.
We have to recognize our own Spiritual bankruptcy before we can have real faith. We cannot get into a right relationship with God before this point. Until that point we are like children who keep track of who did what for them and how often they did something good for others. At the point we discover our own bankruptcy, we realize that we have to give everything over to God and trust Him completely. But we also have to do everything that He tells us to do.
I know, give over control, but still do the work. But Lewis points out that if we do nothing, sinning with reckless abandon and trusting faith to cover it all while not listening to the one who gives salvation would be like asking advice of someone and never listening to what they have to say.
Our faith is both us and God. He gives us reason to have faith, we place the trust in Him to lead us and we follow.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2.12-13)