Faith is a verb



Daily reading: John 3:7-14
April 14, 2015

“God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes.  You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.  It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

We see this progression in Nicodemus’ life through the gospel of John.  Here he is deeply questioning and attempting to get his head around Jesus’ teaching.  He has seen Jesus do amazing things but isn’t sure how what he has done lines up with what he is teaching.
The conversation they have is complicated at best.
Nicodemus asks “How are these things possible?”
Many of us have the same question, but faith requires that we don’t just think things about God and how God works in our world, but for us to live as if we believe them.  We aren’t just to speak about compassion but to be compassionate.  We aren’t just to speak about justice but to seek it.  We aren’t just to speak about love for neighbor, but love our neighbor.
At the end of the gospel, Nicodemus is one who is brave enough to emerge from the shadows and help bury Jesus’ body.  He has gone from thinking about faith to living it out.
Prayer:  God help me to enact faith in my life, may it be alive!  Amen.

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