Faith in Action – Day 11

June 11
Jacob Thomas
Erskine College

Christ calls us to live out our faith in Him so that His grace is experienced and displayed through
our everyday lives. As fellow Christians, we are all called to live out our faith in a broken world.
This presents many challenges, but as the testimonies of fellow believers show, the benefits can
be astronomical as well. As Christ begins to work within us, the characteristics of justice, mercy,
and faithfulness begin to characterize our entire being.

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love Jesus and didn’t accept him as my Lord and Savior;
however, learning to trust Him was a different matter. Growing up in a Christian household, I
was taught the basics of faith early on. Going to church was a regular part of my routine, and
while I easily acknowledged the importance of God in my life, I refused to completely surrender
everything unto Him because I still wanted to be in control.

As a young child I suffered from anxiety. Throughout my life, this anxiety has taken different
forms and appeared as both a fear of failure and a fear of unacceptance. Kindled by my
perfectionist personality, this fear and anxiety prevented me from fully recognizing the love and
acceptance God offered me. It took many years for me to realize that there is nothing I can do
to make God love me more or less than He already does. Thankfully, God’s mercy knows no
bounds.

One definition of biblical mercy is “compassion shown toward an offender or enemy.”
(Merriam-Webster) I am well aware that both then and now, I have constantly struggled with
giving God full reign of my life. My resistance to His will for my life has led to much heartache
and sin. Yet through all of it, God has been by my side. By not letting me go, God has shown
both His mercy and love. As Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort
me.” Despite all of my shortcomings, God has a plan for my life, and I take great comfort
knowing that He will never leave my side. Simply knowing that the God of the universe is
constantly by my side gives me the courage I need to reach out of my comfort zone and help
others as I pursue justice, mercy, and faithfulness as a follower of Christ.