This is Part 4 in a series on Five Steps to Kick Start Your Faith to Move Forward. We’ve looked at Step 1 – Try Forgiving Someone, and Step 2 – Feelings Follow Decisions. Now for Step 3 – Flexibility Build Faith
Step 3. Flexibility Builds Faith
When our faith runs into obstacles, our flexibility keeps us in the race. We need the ability to “roll with the punches,” to bend without breaking. Let us not marry our methods. I constantly ask God to give me his eyes to see, his ears to hear, his heart to love, and his passions to focus me. Adjustments can take time. When praise and worship music first came to large churches in the late 80’s and 90’s, many people didn’t like it because it wasn’t the way it had always been. Traditions and rituals have a place. The new music took time to learn to love the new style. Along the way, new tunes have become favorites, and people’s hearts become adaptable to new sounds. It was worth being stretched to keep us open to the new and every changing style points of God.
I spoke to a pastor last week who came to faith initially during the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s. It was a movement that started with surfers who had long hair, often didn’t wear shoes, and sometimes didn’t even had dreadlocks. He reminded me that some churches posted signs that said, “No shoes, No shirt, No service.” They demanded certain dress codes to be able to worship. We have all come a long way since then, especially in California. Now there are churches where dedicated young men and women wear Tshirts, jeans and open toed sandals to “church services” that resemble something akin to a rock-n-roll concert. Yet their faith is sincere and precious.
Prophets foretell that the next move of God will look different from anything we’ve seen so far. Okay. No one knows what that will look like exactly. What we can do to be prepared is develop intimacy with the Lord. If we know his voice and ask him, he can tell us what is of him or not. As we walk closer to him, our spirits seek church that offers his presence of spirit and life.