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The Faith EquationRecently I was helping my oldest son with a bit of Algebra, he’s a 7thgrader so the Algebra is pretty basic, basic enough for me to still remember.  We were both getting frustrated because he couldn’t understand how to do the problem and I couldn’t explain it appropriately, or well enough so that he couldunderstand. So I decided to put it all away and begin with the basics. 

What is an equation?

I began to realize that he wasn’t grasping the definition of an equation.  He wasn’t comprehending that an equation is a phrase that is equal or is in pure equilibrium, in other words both sides of the equal sign are exactly the same amount.  Now they may not look the same, but when worked out they will equal the same number, in mathematics the equality of two quantities.  In baking a pile of ingredients will equal a batch of cookies. In coffee a perfect mixture of espresso, steamed milk, white chocolate and rasberries equals a Raspberry Satin Mocha, which is my fave coffee drink.

When my son understood this basic equation that I created in a picture on the table with blocks of wood he understood basic Algebra and has been flourishing this semester in that discipline.

I have recently began to understand something that I am coining the Faith Equation. I have much thought to put into this but currently it is in reference to our fund raising for the Seattle Church Plant but it really applies to much of life and our faith in God.

It is going to take a lot of funds to start a church in Seattle, it’s going to take more funds than Kristine and I and our team are capable of coming up with on our own. I suppose if we could take care of the finances on our own it wouldn’t require any faith. It is only in the impossible that that Faith is proved and developed. One question we have is, “Where are we going to get this money?” Another question is, “When is it going to arrive?”  Working out both of these questions causes us to realize that we are unable to produce the money on time. It is impossible.

So God is at work in us, developing our Faith, stretching us, testing us. We must have a full Faith, not partial Faith. Partial Faith can’t even be a definition of Faith, just as an untested Faith can’t be a true Faith. Because this Church Planting path was initiated by God we will have Faith that he will provide the finances to carry it through to completion. As crazy as it sounds we will move to Seattle even if the money is not in our hands while we are driving out.  We have no back up plan. There is no “just in case” contingency plan. God has called us to go, we are going, believing that he will provide the finances.

So one side of the Faith Equation is God strengthening our Faith. It takes time to do this and it takes testing.

The other side of the equation has to do with those whom God is preparing to partner financially with the Church Plant. He is calling people to sacrificially give to the planting of his church in Seattle. He is asking people to give beyond their means, beyond what they think they can afford. This strengthens their faith. They are being tested in their belief in God that he will take care of them and in fact bless them like his word says he will do. Now, people can give out of their abundance, i.e. give out of what they can afford, what they have budgeted to give, but this requires no faith, it only requires that they stay withtheir budget. The testing of their faith comes in when they commit to give what they can’t necessarilyafford, giving what only God could provide for them to give. It is in this that their Faith is tested and becomes real pure Faith. A Faith that only God could develop and produce.  A Faith that takes time and testing.

Both sides of this equation takes time. God isn’t just working on us he is simultaneously working on our partners and at the right time he will bring both sides together and the equation will be complete.  As in Algebraic equations which have variables that must be discovered, the Faith Equation has a variable that has to be discovered.  The Variable in the Faith Equation is God himself and the promises that he has given us in his word. Like Malachi 3:10 “…test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven…”

He is faithful. He is also Faithful to develop our Faith, so that we can live lives relying on our King instead of relying on our selves.