Living a Life of Proactive Faith
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:13
I remember it clearly: a cold crisp morning in November of 2002. I was on a bus, a heavy bag on my back, and I tightly gripped the duffle bag across my chest. The bus door squeaked open as I nervously wanted in line to get off the bus. Through the echoes of inaudible yelling, I and others trekked up a steep hill where we were placed into formation. My eyes were straight ahead, feeling fear, determination, and excitement all at once. From November to February, I was transformed from a young girl into a soldier.
My military career was spent in preparation and discipline. We learned, we practiced, we rose early, we stayed up late, all preparing to be battle ready. Like a soldier in training, we should train to be proactive and battle ready, but so often we live a life of reactive faith.
Is our faith only in reaction to our circumstances? We must spend time in preparation, living the disciplines of prayer, worship, community, and reading, so when the battles come, we are ready and not scrambling for bits and pieces of the Gospel.
Reactionary faith is self-serving, and proactive faith is God glorifying. We must pray consistently. We must spend solid time in the Word, learning who God is, so we may not only love Him more but also trust Him more. We must worship God, and we must be in community, because just like a soldier needs their squad, we don’t ever need to fight alone.
What are we going to do this week to live a proactive faith? It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Let’s get battle ready.
Father, I thank You for giving me the tools I need to get to know You. Help me to be disciplined in my prayer life, in reading, in memorizing the Word, and in worship. Help me to take part in community with fellow believers and know I never have to face this world alone. So many times we live our lives reactively instead of proactively. Help me to be battle ready every day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Are you disciplined in your spiritual growth? What are ways this week you can make spiritual discipline a priority?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.