For we live by believing and not by seeing. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
Spirit Lead Me – The Labels Series – Part 4
It’s becoming more and more challenging for me to sing songs with lyric lines such as:
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.”
This song by Hillsong United is a favorite, and I’m quick to sing along to it. But to live it?
To live by faith?
It’s easier to think of living by faith in terms of receiving “God’s promises for us…”
We have “faith” that God will never leave us, that we’ll get that promotion; that he’ll provide for us; that we’ll be vindicated and healed… Faith in the western world can be quite ego-centric.
What if we really allowed Spirit to lead us where our trust is without borders?
Trust without borders.
What if we looked beyond the labels we categorize people with? Beyond enemy, evil, unbeliever, heretic, wrong, bad, separate, unforgivable, unredeemable, not-understandable, deplorable, different… what if we looked beyond these labels and saw into people and situations with the eyes of faith?
Not a faith that says, “Let's be unaware and naive and uninformed and just go along with it, praise Jesus. He’ll keep us safe.”
But rather a faith that can sit with ambiguity; that doesn’t need to explain away hardship or pain; that is comfortable and at home in the dark and in the mess. A faith that, with courage and humility, will speak up for those who cannot speak and illuminate ideas, people and situations kept too long in the dark. A faith that says, “there must be more going on here that what I currently know…”
Spirit, lead me.
Faith can become its own kind of label, a category box we put things in. But faith is the very essence and act of un-labeling. It’s to trust that the endlessly knowable God will continue to take us “deeper than our feet could ever wander…” into new paths of possibility, healing, and connection; with him and with each other.
It takes humility and courage, but I have faith in us.
All of us.
Written by Lizzy Milani
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