why faith is both simple and hard

Faith is both simple and hard. Faith is simple because it is believing - believing the ground won't fall out before your next step and believing the sun will dawn on this day. We believe a lot of things without much struggle, even things that shouldn't be so easy. We trust governments and money and weather men when they give us assurances and possessions and forecasts - we believe in them and make plans around this wily, presuming confidence.

Faith is simple because it is believing... and if we can believe in governments and money and weather men, shouldn't it be simple to believe in the power that holds even those together?

One of my favorite thoughts to think grows out of this little gem in Colossians, speaking of Christ:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17 ESV)

All things hold together in Christ. Not a single ruler - tyrannical or gracious or otherwise - breathes a breath without being held together by Christ. Not a mountain or valley or cave keeps its form without Christ constraining its particles. Not a single atom inside the vast universe is itself held together apart from Christ. All things.

Shouldn't it be simple to believe in this kind of power? Oh, but faith is also hard.

The believing part is simple - I can believe the ground won't give out beneath me before my next step. Simple. But, believing the ground won't give out doesn't mean I have to ever take a step.

I can sit on my front porch and believe the front door is unlocked and there are homemade cookies on the table inside without ever living like I believe that is true. I can comment about how easy I believe the door is to open and how delicious I believe the cookies are to eat - all from the pontificating position of my deck chair without ever opening the door to taste the cookies.

And that's why faith is hard.

That's why, I think, there are a lot of Christians sitting on the front porch of faith "believing" without ever experiencing the life their belief promises.

Today, friend, reach for the handle that you believe is there and turn it like you believe it's open. If you are afraid at what you will find, maybe you don't really believe after all.

let LOVE fly like cRaZy