Today’s entry begins a multi-post series I will be writing to study what the life of a Christian looks like. I intend on these posts to be short and reflective, containing a verse or two to meditate on for several days and as a tool for self-examination. I’ve found through the years that many nonbelievers do not have a true understanding of what a Christian should look like and many believers in Christ do not as well. So today, I’ll begin with a very important part of the Christian life…faith.
One of our most valuable tools and yet one of the biggest hang ups for people in their walk with Christ is faith. We are sensory oriented and tend to require physical proof before we’ll fully commit ourselves to something. Let’s be honest…it’s difficult to have faith. It requires us to believe in something we cannot see or hand over control when we want it most. And yet God would remind us to, “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Our simple act of believing the gospel is an admission of faith. “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed- a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith'” (Rom. 1:17).
Faith is giving God control; loving Him enough to know that He is good and wants the best for us. It’s a level of trust that, when reached, can open up amazing blessings in our lives.