Summary: This sermon is primarily about faith. It is about what faith is, a longing for something more than this world has to offer. It encourages people to turn that longing into faith and turn that faith into action.
Longing for Something More, Hebrews 11:1
The story is told of a little boy whose family was very poor. He never complained because he had no toys and received no gifts at Christmas time; but he wished for them. He spent his spare time looking in the store windows at the pretty things other little boys could have but that he could not.
One day he was run down by a car and taken to the hospital. When he started to feel better, one of the nurses bought him a toy. As he touched it he said, “There is not any glass between.”
Some day we shall see Christ our Savior face to face, with no “glass” between.
So often in this life we find ourselves longing for something more. We long to touch the divine – to see Jesus face to face, with nothing between us and Him. Our hearts seem to have been hardwired, preprogrammed, to interact with the divine.
Earlier this week I was taking a walk down Huron Street, as I often do late at night, with Happy the Saint Bernard. I had her leash in one hand and my thoughts of God in the other.
And as I walked I found myself praying for this church, praying for my family, and praying for an increasingly intimate relationship with God. As I talked to God I found myself longing for something so much more than day to day activities of life. I found myself longing for something more.
This morning, I want to explore the substance of faith. What does it mean to be a person of faith? Does it mean that we always know the will of God? Does it mean that we have it all figured out?
Faith is much more than adherence to a right set of do’s and don’ts or sitting in just the right pews in just the right church on Sunday morning.
Faith – authentic faith – is a longing for something more than this world has to offer and then being a conduit to bring that something more into this world.
Faith is the way that we express a longing deep inside each one of us to know that there really is something more to this life than what we see with our physical eyes.
My favorite movies’ growing up was the Star Wars saga. I used to watch them on video cassette over and over again. One of my favorite lines from the films comes from The Empire Strikes Back. In one scene Yoda touches the shoulder of Luke Skywalker as he says to him, “Beings of light are we, not this crude matter.”
The same can be said of us. Why is it that so many people neglect the spiritual side of this life? If we get sick none of us hesitates to see the doctor.
If we are suffering depression or anxiety most of us wouldn’t think twice about consulting a psychiatrist or psychologist.
But why is it that when it comes to matters of spirituality so many people act as if all there is to them is the crude substance that Yoda spoke of to Luke Skywalker?
The truth is, I’m afraid, that most people are disconnected spiritually. These people either completely deny the existence of anything spiritual or religious or they have simply never learned what faith is.
The story is told of a man named Pete who had become lost in the desert and had been chasing mirages. He thought to himself, I’ll follow this last one. It was a deserted town with a well in the very center.