“Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” Hebrews 11:2
In the world today, it has become obvious to me that Christians are not held in high regard by much of our society. Christians are characterized many times as narrow minded and critical people. Unfortunately, that sometimes is true as I am afraid we do not always show the love of Christ even when speaking truth.
What concerns me more these days, is that so many Christians do not live with a distinctive and attractive life of faith. As Christians, the world needs to see that we have an exciting, life-transforming relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If we would live that way, I am convinced that the world would be so attracted and interested in the life that Jesus promised.
Our faith matters! I love the truth of Hebrews 11:2 above as it reminds us that through faith we earn a good reputation. In essence, our faith could truly make a difference in the lives of others if it is firmly rooted and grounded in a deep and loving relationship with God.
Think about that idea for just a minute. Who do we really want to impact throughout our lifetime? For me, I want to impact my children spiritually more than anything else. To do so, my faith must matter and I must model for them a growing, dynamic relationship with God. Let me share with you three principles that will help us to ensure that our faith really matters.
1) We must think Biblically - Everything we do must be Biblically based and spiritually focused. In other words, we need to live with a Biblical Worldview, which means, making life decisions through the lens of God’s Word.
2) We must live an authentic Christian lifestyle - God’s Word must be our guide and in doing so we would recognize the need to love and serve others before ourselves. Ray Steadman once said: “If the church was doing what it is supposed to be doing, people couldn’t stay out.” Distinctive Christian living will make a difference.
3) We must protect ourselves from falling away - E.E. Cummings said: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody but yourself means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight and never stop fighting.” We must continually ask God to give us wisdom so that we can follow the words of the Apostle Paul and not be“conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.”
I pray that each of us will recognize the truth of Hebrews 11:2 and allow God to build a faith that really matters in our lives!