Which Comes First—Faith or Obedience?

06829c0e-43e8-420d-b286-cb646a169812Which comes first, faith or obedience? If the Lord instructs me to quit my job and move to Uganda but my faith level is a one out of ten, should I do it anyway? What if I lived as though I had great faith and boldness even when I was full of doubt? Would genuine faith follow?

This is the chicken-and-the-egg dilemma of Christianity. “Which comes first?” is a valid question, but too often we ask it because we’re searching for an excuse for inactivity. We hear the directive of the Lord and then wait, year after year, for the faith that will give us the courage to obey. But if faith always precedes obedience, how do we explain Jesus’ expectation of immediate, unquestioning obedience from His disciples? When He rallied them, He left no time for them to conjure up the faith to leave everything behind and follow Him. And He expects the same immediate, unquestioning response from us.

Storm and sunset.Commit to obey God because you desire Him and because you know that the God-life necessitates obedience even when you’re quaking on the inside. To wait for the faith to obey when He asks you to do something risky is to put the cart before the horse. When we obey in spite of doubt, we’ll discover that the faith is suddenly there. A. W. Tozer taught that faith and obedience were two sides of the same coin. He said, “Truth … demands obedience before it will unveil its riches to the seeking soul.”

Today, if your faith is feeble, I challenge you to live this day as though you had great faith. Live as though you were completely confident that there’s nothing to fear and God is in control, and see what happens. Do this every day for three months and your life will never be the same.

Rom. 6:17: “Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey” (NLT).

 

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4 thoughts on “Which Comes First—Faith or Obedience?

  1. Great post! So true that our faith sometimes can be smaller than we think. Once we are in a trial, and waiting to hear from Him or see a positive change in our direction, that’s when faith really comes into action. I closed my business a year and half ago due to neck/back issues and at the time, I felt that my faith was strong and my relationship with Him was great.After the dust settled I began to ask why? I realized that I had been resting in my own independence instead of His.
    I started this blog site two weeks ago for the purpose of trying to encourage others in Christ. Hoping this is a new direction in serving Him. I want to invite you to check out my blogs, and if interested please follow me back. I believe it’s important to help support other’s as we are all trying to help build up His Kingdom😊
    Oh for faith to trust Him more as we go🙏🏻
    Have a blessed day😊🎈

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