When a hooked fish is pulled out of the water, self defense mechanisms kick in. This results in flapping, pulling and tugging trying to escape. Sometimes Christian face similar uncomfortable environments. Certain situations force individuals to either sink or swim with many end up floundering in their faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him, Hebrews 11:6.
Comfort zones are nice to have growing up, but eventually you need to leave this place of safety to experience the real world. Attitudes might deter you, behaviors offend you and language may shock you. Nonetheless, faith is a series of trials and errors, taking risks, failing and getting back up. Sitting at home, afraid to fail is like a having a flawed faith.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.
When you get over the hump, people can begin to take ownership of their faith. Growing pains develops perseverance, providing opportunities to trust in the Lord and lean not on your understanding. Unfortunately, its easy to revert back to the past, clinging to former desires of your heart. This crisis of faith is what Jesus’ brother refers to in the passage above. If you hold on just long enough, God blesses those who stand the test of time by holding fast to faith in Christ. Stop floundering and start swimming in the Spirit today!
by Jay Mankus