Natural disasters. Civil unrest. In challenging times fear can be widespread. To help shift fear to faith, Silent Unity is inviting the world community to unite in prayer for 30 days by affirming the following prayer: The healing, harmonizing spirit of God is present in my life and all life. Peace, order, harmony, and well-being are restored.

If Faith Is a Tool, What Does it Do?

By Jim Rosemergy
Excerpted from Unity Magazine®

A tool has a specific purpose. Hammers pound nails. Saws cut wood. Glue binds objects together. It would be difficult to drive a nail into wood with a saw. Try cutting a brick with a screwdriver. 

If faith is a tool, what does it do? We insist that faith’s primary work is making things appear and disappear. Disease is to vanish; a new job is to appear. We manifest rain or a large house or someone to share our home as long as we both shall live. Are we magicians entertaining ourselves and others by making things appear and disappear, or do we have another purpose? Is making things appear and disappear the primary work of faith?

I believe that faith's best work is not done in the world. Through faith, our spiritual identity is revealed, and aspects of our humanity, such as fear and condemnation, are no more. Through faith we align ourselves to the indwelling Presence always at work in us. Let us express our faith by being willing to respond to the power of God within us. 

Isn’t it true that in our way of life, we believe all things begin within us? If this is true, the primary purpose of faith is not in the world; it is in us. As spiritual beings, are we not destined to echo Jesus’s words, “I am the light of the world, not of it?” Perhaps the real work of faith is to help us detach from the world rather than to sink our roots deeper into it.

Are you willing to try an experiment? Let us no longer attempt to use faith as a tool to build a larger house in which to live or to manifest anything in the world. Let us use this tool to craft a new person, to chip away our humanity so the divine masterpiece is revealed.

When faced with a challenging situation or dilemma, most of us hope we will have enough faith so Spirit can act. Could it be that in these moments, God is hoping we are willing to become a person through whom Spirit can act?

Silent Unity would love to hear from you. Please share any thoughts, reflections, and blessings you received during the 30 Days of Fearless Living prayer initiative.

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