“Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1 TV
What is faith to you? Does it look anything like definition above? Do you move forward with assurance in your walk with Christ?
Faith is a verb. There is nothing dead, stagnant or stale about it; however, for a lot of people, faith is simply a noun by which they identify: “I became a Christian when I was 5.” Sure they might pay homage to God on special occasions like Easter or Christmas, but it certainly doesn’t even faintly resemble an action. Or for others it’s simply an adjective: “I’m a Christian man/woman” becomes more of a label or a title than something that’s living and breathing.
The fact is that if the definition is anything but an action then it’s probably not faith. You can have faith in a chair that each time you sit in it, it won’t fall or break, but it’s not really faith unless you actively sit in it and trust that it will hold you. You can have faith each time you get in your car that it will start and not blow up and not fall apart, but it’s not really faith if you just look at your car and admire it; you have to get in and trust that it will take you where you want to go. You can have faith in your home that it won’t burn up or come crashing down on you, but it’s not really faith unless you go inside and sleep peacefully knowing that it will protect you.
But unlike a chair, a car, or your home, faith in Christ is about putting our trust in something we can’t really see. Yet we believe that He will hold us even though we can’t see him, get us where we want to go, and protect us. Faith in Christ should change the way we live and not just be something that we did when we were 5.
How would you describe your faith? Is is living and active or is it more stagnant and stale? Does it persevere through tough times? How would others describe your faith?
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” TM