By: Danny Buck
“Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son?’ Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” –John 10
Whenever I think of faith this way, it at first leaves me terrified. My life lacks it. I am continually tempted either into apathy about the current moment or into a far easier career path for the future.
Thankfully, as Christ perfectly loved all of mankind, so too did he perfectly have faith in His Father. In the above scripture, Christ is standing in the temple surrounded by angry religious leaders with stones in their hands—and they don’t have stones with the intent of building a nice little stone memorial. While still in their presence, he declares boldly his abstract identity (much like we declare with our mouths our Faith). I am divine, he declares. But he then tells them that this identity is made manifest in the real world through action. “Believe the works” as I make divinity incarnate with my very actions. As the one true Son of God, he could sit back in this perfect, incarnate divinity and drink coffee, but he doesn’t. He trusts Father and goes forth proclaiming the Gospel, healing the sick, and standing up to injustice.
In this chapter, He eventually escapes the temple and leaves Jerusalem only to go back a few days later. Do we trust God enough with our lives to act similarly? Do return to difficult, dangerous, risky situations by the call of God?
Honestly, most of the time I don’t. But Christ chose to die not only for my lack of love, but also for my lack of faith. As his death makes up for my sins, so too does it make up for my lack of Faith. And remember, it only takes a faith the size of a mustard seed.
Soren Kierkegaard, a Christian Philosopher, spends a long time in his book ‘Works of Love’ musing over the command: “You shall love.” It is a command to go and do, he writes; we do not simply exist as a neighbor, but must go and become one to the lost, lonely, outcast, and downtrodden. It is not enough to love with our heart, but we must act. Let us make it the same for faith. When Jesus says: “Believe in me” let us do it with our very lives. Let us become Christians not just by an ascent to belief in our minds, but rather let us make it true with our lives.