Do you have a person in your past who helped you along your walk toward Christ? I think for most people God has sent someone along to give you that big push. If you had someone like that, they probably instantly popped into your head.
So what happens when they fail? What happens when their lives completely take a 180 and the seemingly ignore all the things they’ve taught you about walking with Jesus? It’s these moments that make me question who my faith is really in.
For some reason I was thinking about this just before I read this announcement by Gary Lamb. Now, I don’t know Gary. I’ve never met him and probably never will. But, I have followed what God was doing through him and Revolution Church. I’ve prayed for Gary and the church. I’ve celebrated their victories with them. Like I said, I’ve never been there, but through the magic of the internets, it’s easy to get on board for what churches across the nation are doing.
So when I read that Gary had failed, it kind of hurt. Isn’t that weird? It actually put me in a bad mood that day. I stopped and prayed for Gary, his family and Revolution Church.
And it reminded me Greg.
Greg was working as a youth pastor at a church I started attending when I was 18. Greg was the one that really opened my eyes to what walking with God is really like. He encouraged me to learn for myself what the Bible teaches. I can easily say that if God hadn’t sent Greg along, I’d probably be wandering aimlessly through my faith (or lack thereof).
And then Greg failed. He got into drugs among other problems and his life literally took a 180. That hurt. It hurt a lot. Fortunately, Greg himself had taught me to put my faith in Christ and not others. When we put it completely in others, we will be disappointed on some level at some point.
When someone helps us along in our journey with Christ it can be pretty easy to get confused in put our faith in them.