Yesterday’s post was about two different kinds of faith. The first was real, but shallow. The second was deeper. And it was the second kind that Jesus praised.
The real question is, how do you get the second kind?
Conveniently…there are three step:
1. Pick a side. This is about commitment. It’s the “intellectual faith” from yesterday’s post. It’s not bad, per se. It’s just not complete by itself.
2. Take a risk. This is about intensity. There’s no point in picking a side if you never leave the sidelines. You need to get to a point where what you will lose something valuable if you are wrong. Sometimes life throws this at us without our consent. Other times we’re given the chance to make the decision.
3. Repeat. This is about teaching our brain what to believe. The more we do something, the more commonplace it becomes (I explore this more in my book, Life Hacking Spiritual Disciplines)
The candor: none of this is easy.
The first is hard. The second is scary. And the third takes discipline.
But Jesus said, “Narrow [is] the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14).
This is the only path that’s worth it.
You can do this with or without a community. But it’s a whole lot harder without. When you surround yourself with others–people who are already doing this–encouragement and accountability just seem to find you.