Faith: (noun) Strong belief or trust in someone or something.” – Merriam Webster Dictionary
We exercise this kind of faith daily. When we sit on a chair, we trust it will hold us without collapsing. When we pour a cup of coffee, we trust our mug will not leak. When we fill our vehicle’s gas tank, we trust our car will drive.
But our faith is only as good as the object we place it in. Eventually chairs break, mugs crack, and vehicles break down.
God’s Take on Faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
This is the kind of faith God commended the ancients for (Hebrews 11).
How Important is Faith to God?
A Strong Case for Faith in Jesus Christ
The New Testament book of Hebrews presents a strong case for placing our faith in Christ.
- Christ is Superior: Jesus—greater than any angel, religion, priest, or leader—is the ultimate authority and complete revelation of God. He alone forgives sins: past, present, and future. Through His death on the cross, He has secured our forgiveness and salvation.
- Jesus is High Priest: In the Old Testament, the high priest represented the Jews before God. But now—under the New Covenant—Jesus connects us to God. Jesus not only guarantees our access to God the Father, but He also intercedes for us so we can come boldly before the Father with our needs and seek forgiveness.
- Jesus Sacrifice: Because Jesus lived a sinless life, He is the perfect substitute to die for our sin.
God not only wants us to be reassured of salvation, but also wants to grow our faith. This process takes time, daily commitment, and service. When we mature in our faith, we will be able to face trials with endurance and be unshaken by concerns or temptations. (Disclaimer: I’m in process.) 🙂
Peace with God and real meaning for life are found when trusting Christ. When we completely trust Him, He will completely transform us (Philippians 1:6). Our faith and obedience please God.
My righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” – Hebrews 10:38
Are you completely trusting in Christ?