To walk somewhere you need legs. Faith in itself doesn’t accomplish much, it requires you putting your faith into action, essentially giving your faith legs.
Imagine a tightrope stretched across 400m spanning the breath of Niagara Falls. The thundering sound of the pounding water drowning out all other sounds as you watch a man step onto the rope and walk across!
This stunning feat was made by Charles Blondin, a French tightrope walker and acrobat, in 1859. He walked 50m above the falls several times back and forth between Canada and the United States as huge crowds on both sides looked on with shock and awe. Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, and once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelette!
On July 15, Blondin walked backward across the tightrope to Canada and returned pushing a wheelbarrow. All had witnessed that amazing feat, there was no question in anyone’s mind that he could do it.
He turned to the crowd and asked, “How many of you believe that I can roll a man across in this wheelbarrow?” Everybody shouted! He had put out a challenge to his viewing audience that tested their belief that he could do it (head knowledge) and true faith (putting that belief into action, heart knowledge).
In response to the question, one man in the front row was very excited in his professed belief. Blondin pointed to this excited spectator and said, “You’re next, jump in!” You couldn’t see that man for dust, he high-tailed it out of there! He thought he believed it—but he was not willing to get in the wheelbarrow and put that belief to the test.
Just so with Christ. Many people say they believe on Him, they say they follow Him. But when our belief is put to the test and our faith requires action to step into the wheelbarrow – we run away from it. My challenge to you today is…do you believe? And if you believe, commit and surrender yourself 100 percent to Christ, to your local church, and to those around you that need to know Him – be fully surrendered!