How many know that faith is a process?
When we get saved, we are not automatically men and women of faith. Instead, we are automatically enrolled in the University of Faith.
You might say to me, “Hey, I didn’t register.”
Every born again believer has to attend this University of Faith.
It’s a must.
It’s a requirement.
The tuition is free.
It is paid for by the blood of Jesus.
There’s no time limit in the University of Faith. You’ll never be asked to leave!
There are no age limits. It doesn’t matter how young you are or how old you are. You can enter the University of Faith at 5 years old or 75 years old. There are different levels like school. In the University of Faith, we matriculate. It’s called going from glory to glory. There are different subjects like Following Directions 101.
There is a course on Patience.
There is a course on Obedience.
There are different subject matter in the University of Faith, and this doesn’t matter how many times you have to repeat a course.
By hook or crook you are going to be a graduate!
In this university there are tests. There are pop up quizzes. Today, you may have gone through a test just before reading this blog or getting to work. Your kids may have been one of those pop quiz tests to see if you really know the syllabus? In this university there are term papers, some of which never seem like they are never going to end.
In the University of Faith, we pass some tests and we fail some tests.
But these tests are only to show us our strengths and our weaknesses. When we fail, which we often times do, we have to be careful of pitfall number one: discouragement. When we fail, from our limited perspective, we believe everybody else is advancing, graduating, and promoting except us.
We feel like we are forever freshman.
What we don’t realize is failure is part of the education process. Believe it or not, the University of Faith is different from any other school because the teacher knows us before we even enter into the school. He has factored in every single failure and every single victory before we sit down. Our course is tailor made for us. Nobody goes through the exact same course at the exact same time. It’s tailor made.
It’s in the failing or falling, and in the getting up where our faith is strengthened. Our hope is renewed. We learn about the unconditional love of God. We learn we don’t have to be afraid to get back into the classroom.
To say, “Excuse me teacher, I need your help!”
Did you know there is a bully at the University of Faith?
He wants to keep you from eating lunch with the teacher. He is there to harass you. He is there to discourage you. He wants you drop out.
I want you to say out loud with me, “I am not going to be a drop out. No matter how many times I have to repeat a course. I am not going to leave or be chased out. I am going to receive my Masters of Faith Degree as long as I keep coming back to God.”
Now, if anyone asks you what you are doing with your life—tell them you’re getting your Masters.
Next week we’ll study the first University of Faith graduate, Abraham.
Question: What course(s) are you currently enrolled in the University of Faith? How do you think you are doing?
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