There is no doubt clichés exist in the Christian world. How many times have you said or heard,
- “I’ll pray for you.”
- “Praise the Lord!”
- “I am burdened for you.”
- “I’m just being a good steward.”
- “We are of one mind.”
Does the overuse of such words or phrases minimize the truth they contain? No! However, the environment surrounding them does. If a complete trust or confidence in the Creator is lacking, then such words are meaningless, for without faith we do not have life. (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Philippians 3:8-11; Hebrews 10:37-38)
- Abigail and Esther kept the faith while intervening for their people.
- Stephen kept the faith while being stoned to death.
- John kept the faith while in exile.
- Peter kept the faith while in prison chains.
- Mother Teresa kept the faith while meeting the needs of the poor in Calcutta.
- Jim Elliott and Nate Saint kept the faith while taking the gospel to the tribes in Ecuador.
Each nourished a complete trust in God by spending time with Him in prayer and Bible study, quietly waiting for Him to speak and doing what He asked of them. They kept the faith! They did not give up hope! They did not quit in the face of adversity! They stayed the course!
For those who are confident in Who God is and His promises, “Keep the Faith” is not a cliché, it is a way of life! It is a battle cry to persevere in the fight for sharing the story of the One who died on the cross for you and me. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Timothy 4:2-8)
In the words of my Pastor, “We are not defending the Alamo; the Alamo fell! We are defending the Faith and the Calvary is on its way!”
KEEP THE FAITH!