Earlier this month I took the step of faith (it was a big leap for me!) to start my own Mary Kay business, and several days after that decision, I wrote what I’ve typed below in response to reading Hebrews 11:1-40 (you may want to read it before reading below so it all makes sense).
It’s a chapter I’ve read and heard quoted dozens of times, but God spoke so much to my heart through it in a new way.
It sounds funny even writing that it was a “step of faith”, but it was for me. It continues to be each day. I had to overcome some serious wrong thinking on business, on giftings to get there. But in taking the step, God has completely amazed me with how many parallels there have been for me between this process and my faith. He is all about humbling us, and refining us, and growing us up in our faith.
Anyway, here’s my stream of consciousness that God laid on my heart several weeks ago, a revelation on faith, on belief, on dreams:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
In this step of faith I’ve taken in business, I’ve sensed God saying in the midst of my (many) doubts, “be sure.” I can’t tell you how many doubts I’ve had, the ten thousand reasons why I shouldn’t start a Mary Kay business, but the best way I can explain it is that I absolutely felt led towards this decision, and I really, really wanted to learn from my team leader, Kristine.
So, God says “be sure.” What is it that you’re hoping for? In your life? In your family? In the lives of those around you? What are those God-given dreams you have? Be sure of them. Be certain they’ll come to pass. Then, a simple hope, sowed in faith, in certainly and belief, becomes reality.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who honestly seek him.” (Heb.11:6)
Woah… this is BIG. We are to believe that he will reward our faith?! In what way? In seeing the fruit of it? In letting in come to pass?
And then we ACT on faith. Faith isn’t fluffy. We DO it. Abraham believed he was to receive a place as his inheritance. And so he got up and WENT. He didn’t know where he was going, but he went. He obeyed. (Heb. 11:8)
Do I know exactly where God’s taking me? Exactly what this “new land” will look like? NO. But I obey and I go.
Even if it means that I go and make my home in a tent in the promised land (Heb. 11:9), I go. Because I believe in what ‘s to come. I believe in the promise. Because I’m “looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10). I’m looking forward. There’s no fear in forward. I believe this hope I have, this dream I have, isn’t “fluff”, but REAL stuff, and I believe it will have walls. It will be a beautiful city one day. Even if today it’s only a tent. I believe in the city. I believe with each step of obedience, I am laying down a brick. And one by one, God my master architect is building my city up. He’s building my dream, my hope, into reality. Building the dream He’s dreamt up for me, into reality. Into something that’s real, something that has walls; into something tangible.
And just in believing that the architect, that the promise-giver is faithful, we open doors to blessings. We open massive gates to swing wide open in heaven and promises are fulfilled. Their is fruit that comes with our faith in action. Abraham’s decedent became as numerous as the stars in the sky- because He considered God faithful to the promise (Heb. 11:11). He was certain of what he could not see. In fact, he was certain that what he did see was not the whole truth… his old, aged face and body, and his wife’s… That’s what he saw, but it wasn’t what he believed. We believe beyond the seeing. We believe in spite of what we see. Our eyes fail us. Yet our hearts and spirits know and believe a promise.
And again we look forward. We are looking for our own country, not looking back to the old country. We long for something better (Heb 11:15), for heaven itself. And we make God proud to be our father and to be called our God, and he has prepared a city for us (Heb. 11:16). He has. Already.
In God’s plan, the dream he’s given you a hope for has life; it has walls; it is already dreamt into reality in the eyes of God- and in a heavenly realm.
Now I know he is talking about heaven. And I cannot even begin to imagine how magnificant that will be! And how thankful I am for it. And how I long for it, to meet my savior face-to-face! But also “on earth as it is in heaven”, right? God’s wildest plans and purposes and dreams for our life reality just as heaven itself is real!
And so we “look forward to our reward” (Heb. 11:26) because we know that God “rewards those who earnestly seek him.” We believe our ultimate reward is heaven. And we believe in heaven on earth. God’s vision a reality. Our faith bearing fruit.
And it is faith in the WHAT we believe, but even more in the WHO. We believe in “him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27) The Egyptians drowned because they had not believed in the One who made the way, who parted the Sea, who dried up the land and cleared the path (Heb. 11:29). We can’t believe only in the dream itself, but in the Dream-giver. In the Almighty God of creation who alone can bring life to our hope. In the only One who is able to make it come to pass. The only Way that we can walk across through parted waters onto dry ground, into the promised land.