5. It is a life lived by Faith
One of the most important events in the human history started in Germany when a monk found out that, based in the book of Romans, people should be justified by faith and not by works. The name of the monk was Martin Luther, and the event was the Reformation.
The dictionary defines faith as: “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. With the Synonyms as: belief – trust – confidence – credence – credit.” The NIV Greek defines the word as “faith, faithfulness, belief, trust, with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow; “the faith” often refers to the Christian system of belief and lifestyle.”
In our relationship with God we have two major challenges. The first one is in our encounter with God. We are accepted by God not because we are good, or we go to church, etc. We are accepted because of what Jesus did for us and our faith in His works. When I trust in Jesus and His works, I am accepted by God. I am saved, I am born again.
The second major challenge that we face is to continue to live our life by faith. We do not have too much problem in the first step. but we struggle with the second. Faith is not only the instrument with which we appropriate the salvation that is in Christ, but also it is the trust in God to live our Christian life. The problem in our Christian life is that we think that we are saved by faith in what Jesus did for us, but we need to live the Christian life by our own efforts. That understanding brings frustration, discouragement, and detachment from the Christian life. We must understand that faith will bring us to God through Christ, and faith will keep us in our journey.
In the New Testament there are many verses that deal with this perspective, which tells us that this problem is not something new. The first Christians had difficulty to understand that we should live by faith. This is what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “We live by faith, not by sight. 2Corinthians 5:7.” He also wrote this to the Galatians, who were having a hard time with this concept of living by faith: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians. 2:20.”
We do not please God when we do things, we please Him when we trust in Him in every area of our lives. We believe that He exists, we believe that He saved us through His Son Jesus, we believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we believe that God is with us in every moment of our lives, we believe that He will never abandon us, we believe that He will protect us, we believe that He will take care of us. Faith is supposed to be with us all the time. We live by faith.
Maybe you are trying to live the Christian life with your own efforts and works, do not do it. You cannot make it. The Christian life is initiated by faith, and lived by faith, day by day.
May the Holy Spirit help you to understand and believe in this.
Have a blessed week,