Please refer to Hebrews 11.
You know how sometimes, when the Holy Spirit inspires you, speaks to you or leads you to do something that doesnt’ make sense??
I was reading Hebrews 11 this morning, and was suprise to find that ‘living by faith’ is the very opposite of ‘living by common sense/judgement’.
If we are listening to the Holy Spirit, prompted by Him and resting in His guiding, then our lives ‘won’t make sense’.
V6. “and without faith it is Impossible to please Him, for whoever draw near to God must believe that He Exists and that He Rewards those who seek Him.”
Just some examples
(v.7) what makes sense about Noah building an ark to save his family from a huge flood?? no one has ever seen any rain before in the history of mankind, no one has ever built a boat before and no one has ever seen a flood. God tells him to build an ark because the world is going to be drown- Noah had to trust in God Who saw the bigger picture and live by faith.
(V.8-11) What made sense about Abram going to a place he’s never been to before?? Abram was an unbeliever, worshipping false gods, then all of a sudden God Almighty appears to him for the First Time and speaks to him to leave his family and goto a place where he doesn’t know where he is going?? i dont’ even know You O God, and you just suddenly appear to me, not to my family, but only me, and tell me get going to somewhere you will show me?? (and these guys didnt’ have GPS, google maps, cell phones) and God tells him “I will bless you and you will be a blessing to all nations through your offspriing”. Sarah was pretty old, what makes sense about that? but God is able to do exceeding more abundantly than all we ask or imagine
(V.17-19) What made sense about sacrificing Abraham’s only son Isaac whom God promised to through Isaac your offspring will outnumber the number of sands on the seashore??? God told Abraham in Genesis 22 to sacrifice your only son Isaac!! but God didint give Abraham, Isaac the promised son, how can you kill him now?? God tests Abraham to bring about a prophetic picture of New Testament of Jesus, the Only Son of God being sacrificed on our behalve for our sins, and Abrahams was obedient to His Voice, and God blessed him. Abraham didint’ make sense of it all but just trusted in the Invisible One. He knew His Voice.
These people of faith pursued after the Voice of God, they lived for Him even when it didint’ make sense. They didnt’ live for ‘a church programs/ideas’, they lived for God. They didnt’ put God in a box(imagine a size of shoebox)- but God is outside of that box!
“and not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the whole body, nourished and knit togather through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”
They held fast to the Head, then the body became joined togather. God comes first then others
Live for God and He Will build His Church (called out ones)- unless the Lord builds the House, those who build it labour in vain Ps 127, all we called to do is “Seek His Kingdom” and He will do the Rest. Let Him build His Church, His Way the Way He wants to do it.
Let us be joined to Him, He must come First not us or any other man.