• Pastor Lee

What does engaging your faith mean?

You've read the title and now you've got to ask yourself...what does engaging my faith really mean, especially how do I actually do it? To answer this we first need to define the two primary words found in the title...engage and faith.

Webster defines the word engage as "to bind (someone, such as oneself) to do something... to do or take part in something." Additionally faith is defined as "allegiance to duty or a person... belief and trust in and loyalty to God... something that is believed especially with strong conviction." When you combine these two as one therefore we would define engaging faith as "actively doing something that will show or reveal your trust and loyalty to God alone."

Many people are able to fulfill one or the other, but combining the two requires diligent effort and a focused mindset. Most Christians know they should engage God on a regular basis, but struggle in doing so. Likewise, living a life that is consistently engaging others for Christ and allowing others to see your strong conviction to Jesus is equally as difficult. So what should we do? Or better yet, how do we get from where we are...to where we know we should be...requires something beyond ourselves. This is where God, through the Holy Spirit, will assist us and enable us to achieve something beyond our own abilities.

Perhaps the best place to start would be to remember what Paul teaches us in Rom. 12:1-2

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God."

For each one of us to engage our faith on a regular basis requires us first and foremost to commit our bodies to the Lord. Once we allow our bodies to remain in submission to God, then we can begin the process, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to renew our minds. Renewing your mind means to allow God to reprogram how and what you think about. When you are focused on God regularly and consistently, then you will discover that you will naturally start engaging your faith, not only with God, but also with people that you come into contact with on a daily basis. Engaging your faith is not something that you train yourself to do, rather, it is something that is a natural byproduct of a private life devoted solely to God.

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