"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:12)
"Thus did Paul remind Timothy that faith is much more than a set of propositions one signs off on, as if you were reading an employee handbook and then signing your initials to say you agree. It's more like riding a bike; if you're to live it effectively, you will have to intentionally develop certain skills, skills which are best learned in the context of relationship." -O2, Richard Dahlstrom
Faith isn't just about following a set of rules - the way I once lived. I'm a rule follower by nature and so to me, that's honestly the easy option. But it's not rules to be followed, or even rules to be a guilt trip when not followed. So if not rules, then what? Relationship. Relationship with one another and relationship with God. Its a living breathing thing that affects day to day life. There's growth, there's transformation, there's highs, lows, successes and failures, joys and trials. Faith is a journey and what we believe is evident not in the rules we say we follow, but in the way we live our lives. Our actions, not our words, are what reflect what we actually believe.
I'm re-reading this book at the moment which I would really recommend to anyone who's looking for some input and challenge on what it looks like to have a living faith. Richard talks about, practically, what it might look like to live out the truth of the Bible, and what it means to have a faith that affects all areas of our day to day - how we spend our time, our money, how we relate to one another, and to God and more. It's a great book and a good starting point for thinking and praying through some of this stuff. If you read it, or already have, I'd love to know your thoughts