Jerry and I joined a new (to us) small group Sunday afternoon. Our church is doing an eight week study of the book of Titus, and we had a very good discussion on the questions put to us in the videos. One question went something like: What does authentic faith look like?
This morning in my Bible reading in Luke, I came to this passage:
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” (Luke 5:4–5, NASB95, emphasis mine)
I thought about the discussion we had yesterday. Here was one excellent answer to the question of what faith looks like. When Jesus asks you to do something and it makes no rational sense (Simon and his crew had fished all night long and caught nothing; why should they expect it to be different now?), and yet you still obey, that’s authentic faith. When logic says pack up your nets and go home, but you respond to God with, “But I will do as You say,” that’s what authentic faith looks like.
This verse is going onto a sticky note where I can see it often and remember to make it my first response when Jesus tells me to do something new. I just may catch so many fish they threaten to swamp my boat.
Happy Monday, friends.