Faith Requires Obedience
- Date: July 24, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8:19-22)
- From Faith That Prevails
Let's turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11. As we look at Hebrews, let's allow the Word to stir our hearts and speak through us to us through these verses. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." As we look at that aspect of it, we're a people that are going to walk and spend time in the unseen realm. The Scripture speaks clearly to it in the life of Abraham and the call of God upon his life. It says that he went into a country that he had no idea where Father was leading him. Verse 8 says, "…Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went, out not knowing whither he went." We read these so many times that we can miss some of the simple aspects of faith here. One thing about this life of faith that we're talking about is there are a lot of times that you don't have a clue where you are going. It takes us out of our comfort zone, doesn't it? We like to have all of our lives planned out. We want to know the consequences of the time that we invest, the efforts, the obedience. God says it's not going to be that way if we're going to live in faith. And yet it says in verse 6, "But without faith it's impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Our father Abraham, the father of faith, reveals to us a couple of things. There must be an obedience. If we're going to see faith working on our behalf, we need to determine right now that whatever God says to us, we're going to obey it. Now, our hearts' desire is to obey, but Father can lead us into some pretty uncomfortable places. How about Matthew when Jesus approached him, looked him in the eye and said, "Follow me"? If the Lord was to speak that to you, how many of you would want to bury your dead? Now, what I mean by that, we all know what Jesus was teaching. The man came to him and said, "Lord, I want to go wherever you go. I want to be with you at all times. I want to do it your way; I want to live a life of faith, praise God." Jesus challenged him and said, "You know, you better consider something here because '…the foxes have holes, and the birds…have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head'" (Matthew 8:20). How many of us want to know where we're going to sleep tomorrow? Most of us not only want to know where we're going to sleep, we want to know the thread count. We're pretty bad faith people, aren't we, when we want to know the thread count. We want to know whether that place serves breakfast in the morning. If you're like me, I want to know if there is twenty-four hour room service.
What does it mean to be ready to follow Jesus? In this country of insane prosperity do we really know what it means to live by faith? Now faith doesn't mean you get rid of the abundance; faith means that it's not your treasure, that it's ready to be offered up to the Lord anytime that He puts His finger on it and says, "Follow me." "The Son of man has no place to lay his head." Another approached him and said, "Lord, I want to follow you but let me first go back and bury my father." Now, we've explained this before. His father wasn't lying on a slab. What he was saying was, "My dad is really old; he can go anytime and I want to go back as a good son and set the estate in order. As soon as he dies, as soon as I get my inheritance, my bankroll, I won't have to trust in anything but you, Jesus. I can follow you and pay my way out of my own pockets because of my inheritance." And Jesus said what? "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead" (Matthew 8:22). When Elisha walked by the prophet of God and the mantle was thrown upon him, the response was, "Let me go back and put these things in order." The prophet said, "What have I done to thee?" (1 Kings 19:20). What have we been called to as Christians in this time of human history, the abundance like man has never known?