Sitting with the Gift of Faith
In worship on Sunday, we unwrapped the gift of faith. The gift of faith paves the way for us to experience the ultimate gift of Christ. We explored Mary’s gift of faith, recognizing that while she was living in a dark world, her gift of faith allowed her to take steps forward and to let God use her to help the world experience the light of Christ. If you missed the sermon, you can listen here. Our Advent journey will explore how we too can unwrap our spiritual gifts to pave the way for God to do something big.
In the 1950’s, the United States, especially in the South, was in need of light. Segregation and Jim Crow laws were oppressing a portion of God’s children. We needed someone with the gift of faith to step forward so that light could overcome the darkness of hate and segregation. God gives us a vision in the scriptures of a world where there is no division between people (see Galatians 3:26-29 for one example). While I’m sure there were people who desired to see changes made, it took a special person with the gift of faith to lead the way. Coincidentally, this journey started during Advent.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a step of faith by taking a seat. Her prophetic action wasn’t one that was based on fear, but one that was founded in the understanding that through her actions, God was going to move in a mighty way. In Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation, Rosa Parks writes, “I felt the Lord would give me the strength to endure whatever I had to face. God did away with all my fear. It was time for someone to stand up—or, in my case, sit down. I refused to move.”
For Mary and for Rosa Parks, the gift of faith prepared them to be instruments of God in a dark and troubled world. Having the gift of faith doesn’t mean that life will be easy or perfect, but it instead requires showing up for God and then letting God deliver the gift of Christ through us. This Advent season, may we all take a step (or seat) of faith and let God use us to bring the ultimate gift to the world.
Advent, just like anything in life, becomes more meaningful the more we invest in it. I want to invite you to join us in a daily Bible study through the Bible App. Check out “21 Gifts of Advent.”