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The Impact of True Faith
The Impact of True Faith
“By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundation whose architect and builder is God.”
In our own time, there are so many people professing Christianity. But how do we know if their faith is genuine or just superficial ? It is so easy to profess to be a Christian but it is really difficult to live as one. In the life of Abraham there are three important things that accompany true saving faith.
1) True faith produces obedience. When God told Abraham to leave his family, his land and go to the promised land, he readily obeys although he has no clear blueprint or does not know the exact location of the place where he is going. It is easier to obey when you know the details of your destination. But Abraham was not given specific details of the place where he will go. In obeying God, Abraham was willing to part to people who are so much dear to him. He is willing to be separated from his family, from his beloved parents, just to obey the will of God in his life. He is willing to forsake everything he holds dear just to follow the will of God for his life. Jesus says in Luke 14:33 ; “In the same way anyone of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
As a true disciple of Christ we must be willing to give up everything that hinders the fulfillment of God’s will in our life, may it be a certain person, our career, our possessions, our dreams . We should not settle for anything less other than the fulfillment of God’s ultimate plan for our lives. Apostle Paul left behind a comfortable and affluent life and embrace a life of sufferings and persecution in order to fulfill the will of God for his life.
2) True faith is evidenced by a life of sacrifice
Abraham just lived in tents. He has no permanent dwelling. It is not very comfortable to live in tents particularly during the time of storms. For Abraham considers himself a mere pilgrim in this world. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac just to please God although it would really break his heart. Abraham love God so much that he cannot withhold from God the dearest in his life. Abraham waited for so long for the coming of Isaac . The boy is so dear to his father. It is his most cherished possession. But Abraham cannot disobey God. He is more willing to please God more than pleasing himself. Obedience to God is more important to him than his own happiness.
A true Christian will not seek for his happiness but for the glory of God. A true Christian is willing to give up the comforts of his life, the sources of his pleasures just to obey the will of God. Apostle Paul has given up the comforts of his life just to obey the calling of Christ in his life. A true christian’s ultimate source of happiness is the fulfillment of God’s will in his life.
This is seen in the life of Precy a licensed CPA who has a great career in Manila. But recently she gave up her profitable job to join the mission team in Lucena. There is no promise of good job for her there in Lucena, but she is willing to sacrifice just to reach out for the lost souls in the city of Lucena. For Precy fulfillment of God’s will for her life is much much more important than enjoying the comforts of this life. True Christianity indeed involves sacrifice just to give glory to God.
3) True faith is accompanied by a vision of the eternal Kingdom of God.
Abraham was willing to obey and make a sacrifice because he is looking forward to a heavenly city whose architect and builder is God. Abraham’s vision of the Kingdom of God is solid. He is not living for this earthly life but for the eternal kingdom of God.
As Christians, the vision of Heaven must be always alive in our hearts. We should not focus our mindset on earthly things only but daily we should dream of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem whose architect and builder id God. Thinking of Heaven will inspire us to live for the glory of God. It will inspire us to live in holiness. It will give us comfort from all the momentary trials we are experiencing. As Christians, we are just mere pilgrims here on earth. This world is not our home. We should not be disheartened if we are experiencing sufferings and persecutions for all these things are just temporal. God reserved the best for His faithful children. For the faithful disciples of Christ who lived for God’s glory, the best is yet to come.