Blind faith is an amazing thing. The perfect example of this is when a child leaps off a high point into the arms of their father, knowing that their Daddy is going to be there to catch them. What a beautiful picture of childlike faith and trust.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to put our total faith in the saving grace of our Heavenly Father; to leap into the arms of our “Daddy”. We must trust him for every need we have. We must walk by faith and not by sight. But this does not mean we disengage the brain and our thought process.
Contrary to other religions, where one is told to empty your mind, Christians are called to fill your mind…with the things of God. Romans 12:2 charges the followers of Jesus to discern what God’s will is for their lives by not conforming to the world, but instead, to be transformed by the renewing of their MIND. Engage the brain and seek the Father!
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus confirms the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all you MIND.” We must be passionate about the Lord, We must feel his presence deep within our very soul and we must engage the brain!
Throughout the Scriptures there is a clear call to seek and know the truth of the word of God. In fact, Jesus told his followers that he would send the Helper (The Holy Spirit) to give support to them. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13)
In his second letter to the believers, Peter encouraged them “to make [their] calling and election sure.” How did he want them to do this? Well, let’s let him tell us (2 Peter 1:5-10): 5“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”
I echo the final benediction that Peter gives in this same letter (2 Peter 3:18): “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” In other words, engage the grey matter between your ears for the glory of God!