Faith: Passive or Active?

18 Jul

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Luke 8:22-25)

The disciples were acting just as anyone else would. If any of us thought we were in a life-threatening situation, and had Jesus with us, I’d guess that every one of us would do just as the disciples did; wake Jesus up, and ask Him to help us! But Jesus rebuked them, for, of all things, a lack of faith. If anything, it seems as though the disciples are demonstrating faith when they wake Jesus up. If they didn’t think He could do anything, they may have just let Him keep sleeping. The reality though, is that Jesus wanted to teach them a lesson: complete and utter dependence upon Him. Jesus would not have let them drown, no matter what things looked like at the time.

But now, have we learned that lesson as well? We have Jesus with us just as much as the disciples did; His very Spirit lives in us. And our Spiritual storms are certainly just as big as the physical one they experienced. But, should we really do what the disciples didn’t, and simply wait on Jesus to act? Should we really let go and let God? Well, faith does not always require inactivity on our part. Sometimes there is simply nothing we can do, and in those times, yes, we are to simply trust God to do what will bring Him the most glory through us. This is the kind of scenario which the disciples found them-self in; unable to do anything which would help. Which is why Jesus rebuked them for not having faith that He would keep them all alive.

However, in times where we can do something, we should. If we can stop someone committing murder, then we should have faith that God is using us to stop the potential killer. We obviously shouldn’t simply stand by and watch. But, sometimes we aren’t sure if we can, or if we should act. In those times, it’s best to follow Jesus’ example:

Jesus had a passive-faith, in which He did not do anything to stop events playing out as God intended, during His “trail”. He had an active-faith that what He was doing was God’s (i.e., His own) will when He looked at the state of humanity, and chose to sacrifice Himself in order to save them.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Delivered Through Love


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5 responses to “Faith: Passive or Active?

  1. Naphtali

    July 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Great post Joshua.


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