"Adding Feet to our Faith"

"Can you imagine a tightrope stretched over a quarter of a mile and spanning the breadth of Niagara Falls? The thundering sound of the pounding water drowning out all other sounds as you watch a man step onto the rope and walk across! This stunning feat made Charles Blondin famous in the summer of 1859. He walked 160 feet above the falls several times back and forth between Canada and the United States as huge crowds on both sides looked on with shock and awe. Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, and once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet! On July 15, Blondin walked backward across the tightrope to Canada and returned pushing a wheelbarrow.

The Blondin story is told that it was after pushing a wheelbarrow across while blindfolded that Blondin asked for some audience participation. The crowds had watched and "ooooohed" and "aaaaahed!" He had proven that he could do it; of that, there was no doubt. But now he was asking for a volunteer to get into the wheelbarrow and take a ride across the Falls with him! It is said that he asked his audience, "Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?" Of course the crowd shouted that yes, they believed! It was then that Blondin posed the question - 'Who will get in the wheelbarrow?' Of course...none did" (from http://www.creativebiblestudy.com/Blondin-story.html).

Blondin's audience was unwilling to put feet to their faith (I would have joined them by the way). In the New Testament, James was dealing with a similar problem -- those whose faith didn't prompt action on their part (James 2:14-18). In fact, he goes so far as to say that an inactive faith is a dead faith (v. 17).

Affirming our beliefs is good thing. But giving them hands and feet as well as a mouth is an even better thing. True and living faith is best evidenced by action, not words alone.

God loves you! -Mike



(by Mike Anderson, 10/1/17)