Christians take the initial leap of faith in Jesus. We step off the curb and into the streets of life, armed only with our belief that Jesus’ work on the Cross has assured our eternal destiny. Skeptics might view that leap of faith- the belief and acknowledgement that Jesus was God and that He Himself paid the price for our sins- as an Evel Kneivel -like leap over the Grand Canyon. But I would argue that, in reality, that faith leap is actually pretty easy. It’s the day-to-day Christian faith walk that is difficult.
I believe that when we take that first step of faith, we actually don’t have that far to go because God, through His Holy Spirit reaches out to us, takes our hand and helps us to complete the step. Somehow, He touches us and meets us right where we are and in whatever circumstances we have found ourselves. It’s almost a Divine appointment with our destiny. God has been moving Heaven and Earth to get us to that point. We see Jesus and realize that He is the only ticket out of it for us. And it all comes together with a spiritual “click”. We are sealed forever in Christ. And Heaven celebrates.
But I also believe that God will never, ever tamper with our free will. So, after we initially accept Jesus, God allows us to do whatever we want. And very quickly, the cares, worries and temptations of this life intrude. And these cause our faith to waiver. We begin to wonder whether our conversion was legitimate. We thought things would be a lot easier than this.
But if we are wise, and more importantly, knowledgeable about God’s Word, eventually we figure it out. We will realize that mankind’s pattern is to follow God, then fall away, realize our mistake, and then follow God again. The books of Genesis and Exodus tell us all about it. The nation of Israel is a perfect roll model for it. They are captives in Egypt; God frees them. While wandering in the wilderness, they become hungry; God feeds them. Pretty soon, they start griping about the manna. And so it goes.
So, the faith journey and living life are to some extent incompatible. And the struggle to keep the faith becomes infinitely more difficult than the initial leap of faith itself. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. This is because we have both a roadmap and a companion on the journey. The Bible is the roadmap. We read Jesus’ advice in the New Testament gospels. He tells us not to worry. He tells us to love God above everything else. He tells us to treat other people the way that we want to be treated. But the companion is Jesus Himself. This is because, from the moment you accept Him, He comes to live within you in the form of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we have the mind of Christ.
But again, He won’t force Himself on us. We have a choice- we can enjoy His perfect peace, or not.
In my own case, the biggest issue I face in my faith walk is the, “Thanks God, I’ll take it from here,” syndrome. Like the Israelites, I pray to God for deliverance. I give all of it to Him in faith. And He delivers me. Then, feeling pretty good about myself, I take the steering wheel back from Him. And before you know it, I’m right back where I started- in some self-created quagmire.
So, I have two bits of advice for you. First of all, if you are not a Christian, give it some serious thought. Read the Bible. Familiarize yourself with your Maker. Talk to Christians. And if you are a Christian, stay in your faith walk, every single minute of every single day. Carrie Underwood sang “Jesus Take the Wheel.” I'd suggest that you give Him the entire car. Get in the back seat. But for Heaven’s sake, don’t be a back seat driver.
 Matthew 18.
 Ephesians 1.
 Joshua 24, Deuteronomy 30.
 Numbers 11.
 Matthew 6, Mark 13, John 14 and others.
 Matthew 22, Mark 12.
 1 Corinthians 2.