A Journey of Faith Displaces Our Plans

One of the proofs that validates the divine inspiration of the Bible is the front-and-center presence of God-composed journey of faith life-scripts…creating the narrative stories of faith…having the core, integral element of the cross of Jesus Christ…foreglimpsed throughout the Old Testament (Prov. 3:5-6; Isa. 53:6) and encountered at the very beginning of the New Testament (Lk. 1:34).

This concept of God-composed life-scripts displacing our worldly conventional, normative plans is not intellectually discerned, even by leading theologians, evangelists, and apologists who otherwise have everything doctrinally correct yet still only manage to skirt around the heart of this concept.  The Bible tells us through the narrative stories of faith that the one, true, living God has brilliantly conceived life-scripts written for each one of us that in part or in whole runs rough-shod over horizontally conventional, worldly thinking.

This is a concept that is revealed by revelation through the experience of an adventure of faith itself.  It is a radical, worldview changing concept excavated only through a God-led, experiential campaign into an adventure of faith.  If and when every Spirit-born Christian discovers this first-hand through the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the end-times prophesied in Joel 2:28-29, it will impact the world (Rom. 13:10; Mt. 24:14)

As Abraham walks from the city of Haran to Canaan the Promised Land, with each step he takes forward God is displacing the conventionally normative life-plans Abraham would have implemented in Haran, with a life-script grander and more impactful than anything Abraham could have imagined or contrived.  Abraham is called the “father of faith” because God first initiates a journey of faith, having the cross of Christ as its core element, starting with Abraham.

As “children of Abraham” today, grafted into the true vine by faith in Christ, modern-day Christians are supposed to be walking in these same steps in our God-composed journey of faith life-scripts to match on some level this experience of Abraham and all of the people of faith recorded in the Bible.

Is this a key foundational truth of new covenant Christian discipleship that has, and is being experienced by large numbers of Christians engaged in various callings and ministries, which deserves elevation into widespread recognition as a universal heritage of  Christian principles and practices (Jer. 31:31-34)?

Is listening in the Spirit, and following Jesus Christ into a risky adventure of faith…which runs outside of and contrary to worldly conventional normalcy…too jarring, too radical, too novel, too unthinkable, and too costly a proposition for Christians to contemplate in abandonment of our own life-plans and schemes?

This is the core of what taking up our cross for the sake of Jesus and the gospel means.  The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters five through seven…from start to finish…is about the do’s and don’ts within actual, experiential journeys of faith…not hypothetical, theoretical, humanistic experience.  Becoming Spiritually born-again…receiving a new heart…is the starting point, the stepping off point into an adventure of faith following God.

This is the key that separates Christians from conformity to worldly conventional thinking.  It has enormous apologetic force…creatively unimaginable and fundamentally anathema to humanistic invention…and a huge potential for powerfully evangelizing the world through Christian example and speech.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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