Stagnancy can kill your walk with Jesus.
We can get to a place where we know the love of the Father, understand the sacrifice of the Jesus on the cross, encounter the Spirit, know the word, and have confidence that we’re really saved and stop. And while all these things are essential, if they fail to touch the trust you showed when you first threw yourself at Jesus and asked Him to save you, your spiritual life can grow cold.
The cure for this stagnancy is to regain “the faith of leap.”* This is the kind of faith that causes us to stick out our neck and live on the daring adventure that Christ calls us to. It’s not safe, but it’s the kind of faith that God called Abraham to when he told him to “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you,” (Genesis 12:1). It’s this kind of faith that takes risks that culminates in Romans 4:22: “And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.“
Two friends are modeling this for me really well right now.
One is a mentor with a long history in his job. He took a buyout from his company that was closing down and at the leading of the Lord, he got a college education and moved to a state he had never lived in. Two or so years later, he’s still waiting on the provision of the Lord, but he never waivers in his faith. In fact, you’d never know he was jobless by talking to him. In that place having heard from the Lord and but not yet knowing where the Lord’s answer will come from, he’s living out the faith of leap.
Another friend of mine went and got some training in North Carolina about planting churches. He loved it and came back and shared some of the content of the training with me. As we talked, he looked at me and said “I need you to intentionally stretch me. Can we get together every so often and have you challenge me to stretch myself?” Since that time I’ve watched my friend get out of his comfort zone repeatedly. He’s started hosting gatherings, he’s started reaching out to lost people, he’s started to challenge people where they need to be challenged. Every time I see him look at something outside of his old comfort zone that the Lord is asking him to do and say yes to it, he’s living out the faith of leap.
None of this makes either of these two guys super spiritual. In fact, at first glance, you might be tempted to think there is nothing remarkable about either of these guys. But they are learning to meet Jesus in the leap. And because of that, they are becoming more and more remarkable in a way that only a few living close to them can see.
Can I ask? Can I probe just a little? Are you living out the faith of leap? When was the last time you did something in your Christian walk that you weren’t sure was going to work out, but you were sure God was leading you into? If it’s been a while, go back and ask the Father for the faith of leap. I’m sure He’s willing to talk.
*Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch wrote a phenomenal book called The Faith of Leap (affiliate link). The premise of the book is that there is a kind of faith and community that can only be regained by tackling risky tasks for the glory of God. I would encourage you to read the book, but the title alone communicates volumes.