What are you going to do with that?
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
At a foundational level, faith is the active trusting, embrace, and response towards Love when asked the question, “What are you going to do with that?”
Each moment. Each desire. Each feeling we have, leads us forward into the next. And the bridge that links one moment to the following is a question, “What are you going to do with that?”
As the ancient Hebrew creation story begins, Adam and Eve find themselves at one of these connecting moments, a bridge if you will.
They’d been blessed with the likeness of their Creator. Gifted with purpose by their Creator. And handed an awareness and invitation to experience and know Love (their Creator). But they were not forced to receive any of it, that decision was to be the space between their defining moments. They were however led, by the hand of time, to a place of having to decide what they would do with all that.
Would they trust and embrace Love (their Creator) by expressing obedience, or would they reject and deny Love (their Creator) by expressing rebellion? Genesis 3 is our first look at their response together to this question.
But for them, it was more than a momentary decision defined by an action. In fact, there were no meaningless moments. Every look. Every thought. Every consideration. These were the nouns attached to the verbs. These were the moments that made up time and progress and relationship as they knew it. And like them, we too live within this framework. How will we respond to the situations we find ourselves in?
You’re stuck in traffic… what are you going to do with that?
You’re late to a meeting and overwhelmed by the list of things you need to do today… how will you respond?
These moments matter because all of life is connected and unsegmented… much like an ocean. This question then of, “what are you going to do with that?” is always the question of faith.
If faith is the active trusting, embrace, and response towards Love, then the practical question is, “what are you going to do with that?” We cannot remove the question or be removed from it. It’s part of the reality we live in.
So what does it look like for you to practice faith in God today? What does it look like to agree with, and do life God’s way? For Jesus followers, it’s the process of giving ourselves to the way of Jesus. Agreeing with His way of seeing and being in the world.
In John 4v25-26 Jesus says He is God. The “Christ”, or “Messiah”, meaning the anointed one of God. I feel like so often we want “something to obey” when Jesus is first asking if we even believe He is who He says He is.
Rhythm of Practicing Peace
Write out John 4v25-26 on a notecard or small sheet of paper.
Find a place you can be alone for 5-10 minutes (I’d encourage you to turn your phone or computer off for this time.)
Take a deep breath in, pause for a few seconds, then breath out.
Ask Holy Spirit to teach you God’s way.
Read John 4v25-26 multiple times, slowly, soaking in each word.
Then be still. Simply imagine the implications if Jesus’ statement is true. Allow yourself to believe that God has made Himself known in the person of Jesus and that God is for you, not against you. Inviting you to follow Him today in all your moments.
Finally, ask yourself what you’re going to do with that and respond in a conversation with God.