Posted by: Terry | February 23, 2009

Static faith dies, living faith is dynamic

“The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ “ (Genesis 14:21-23 NIV)

Static faith dies, living faith is dynamic. Every day new situations arise that offer the choice to act with faith and to grow in our faith. When we exercise the muscles remain healthy and strong, inaction leads to atrophy.

The life of faith is no different, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)

Abraham is faced with a new challenge, after leaving Haran, traveling through Canaan, going into Egypt, parting with Lot, and defeating a coalition that spread from Mesopotamia to Egypt, he is confronted with the test of power, fame and wealth.

As victor he had a right to the spoils, but they were tainted. In addition there was a subtle message of indebtedness to the King of Sodom, a man known for evil.

Instead Abram gives a tenth of the spoils to God as a token of his faith, he tends to the needs of his troops and his allies and takes nothing for himself. He continues to do the right thing and leave the blessings up to God.

What an example of faith and humility. What and example for us to follow!

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