As you may have heard, the Metro is about to become even less convenient than usual. Some stations will be shut down, some routes will become one track for periods of time, and they will even shut some route segments and even complete routes down temporarily. The Metro has a lot of problems and there has been a lot of discussion on how to fix it. After discussing shutting the entire system down for a long period of time, the Metro administrations have settled on a year of significant disruptions.
The question is why are these this necessary. Why impose these significant disruptions on a population that has come to depend on the Metro system? The short answer is years and years of shortcuts in maintaining the system. When you don’t perform proper maintenance on something, it will eventually fall apart. Just ask anyone who has decided they don’t need to change their car’s oil!
Our faith is no different. For many of us, once our faith is developed, we stop working at it. We stop growing in our faith and we do little to maintain it. I think that is one of the issues I have with “saved” theology, the idea that you are saved at a specific point in time when you accept Christ into your heart. I think that following Christ is a lifelong journey, one that requires constant work and, yes, maintenance. A faith that is not a work in progress is a faith that is dying.
How do we work on our faith? Participating in worship is one way, but it cannot be the only way. We need to enrich our relationship with God through prayer, through scripture reading, through study, through participating in the life of the Body of Christ, and through whatever spiritual practices draw you closer to God. Our faith should be a constant work in progress. If it isn’t then, like the Metro, it will fail us one day when we need it.
2 Peter 3:18 “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To God be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”