GUEST COLUMN: Everyday faith, take it seriously

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By The Staff

Everyday faith sounds so simple. Just have faith every day, but what does that mean? For believers in Jesus Christ, it means taking our faith seriously every day. It means applying our faith to our everyday lives.

On a recent mission trip with our church, I met some young people who stopped me in my tracks. They came up after a service was over just to talk for a few minutes. Over the next 30 minutes, I got a lesson in the reality of Christian living in the modern world.

These young people were, I believe, faithful members of their church. They were there on Sunday morning, they participated in church activities, but somehow what happened on Sunday was not translated into action on Monday. I don’t think that is just something our young people struggle with, it is all of us.

Young people may struggle with dating, willing to compromise their faith and perhaps even their morals for a steady boyfriend or girlfriend. The Bible tells us not to be bound together with those who don’t share our faith. (2 Cor. 6:14). But when young men and women ignore God’s wisdom they pay the price later in divorce or despair.

But adults compromise our faith as well. The Bible tells us to avoid debt (Rom 13:8), but we see all around us the results of ignoring that wisdom. When the Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) it is talking about a new way of living every day.

Our relationships with friends and family should reflect our faith. How we handle our money should reflect our faith. How we make life decisions, where to live, where to work, how to build a family, should all reflect our faith. Every day we should exercise our faith, in little ways and in big.

Does your faith really make a difference in your life? Is it just a Sunday morning faith? What do your children see? What do your parents see? Live your faith every day and see if God doesn’t bless you in miraculous ways!