“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
This nugget from the Bible precedes a long list of men and women who acted with faith and were commended by God. They stepped out and did things that seemed impossible. None of them saw the fulfillment of God’s Promised One, Jesus, but they did what they were called to do, so that one day Christ would appear for the salvation of all mankind.
How much more are we called to act in faith, as we await His return? It may be easy for us to look back at the long list of faithful servants and see that what they did impacted Christ’s arrival—but many of us find it hard to believe that the things we’re doing now will impact his return.
The truth? Every act of faith impacts the Kingdom of God and His return.
What has God called you to do by faith? For me, it’s the pursuit of publication.
I felt called to be a writer when I was young. College, marriage, children, and a full-time job kept me from writing fiction until three years ago. When I realized it was time to pick up my pen again, I read a statistic that staggered me. It said that only two percent of people who want to be traditionally published actually are.
Two percent? I could hardly believe that number. Who was I to think I could be part of that two percent? But just as quickly as the doubts assailed me, a still, small voice whispered: “Who says you can’t be part of the two percent?” In that moment, I became sure of what I hoped for, and certain of what I did not see. I had a seed of faith to seek publication.
I believe Hebrews 11:1 speaks about more than just temporal hope and certainty in things like publication. It speaks to our hope and certainty of Christ and our heavenly home. But it’s through the temporal things of this earth, like publication, that we can make an eternal impact for His kingdom.
The faithful servants in the Bible did temporal things like offer better sacrifices, move to foreign lands, build arks, house spies, hide their children, and walk over dry land. Some were performed through miraculous circumstances, but some were performed through mundane affairs. No matter what God called them to, whether simple, or fantastic, they did so with faith and it affected the history of all mankind.
I do not know what God intends to do with our simple acts of faith. I do not know what He will do with my published writing. But what I do know is that God commends those who act in faith—and I want to be one of those people.
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BIO – Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found at www.gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.