Well, I'd like to congratulate Teri, Kelly, and Red on Head...On Fire for Jesus for answering yesterday's trivia question correctly. The Faith Chapter of the Bible is Hebrews 11.
Faith is going to be today's word.
Actual Dictionary Meaning - Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing
Meaning to me - (taken directly from Hebrews 11:1) "...the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Faith is a requirement of everyday living. We have faith that our car will get us to work. We have faith that our chair will hold us up. We have faith that our computer will allow us to do our job.
Now we all know that cars can break down, chairs can collapse, and computers can go insane. But we don't expect them to do those things. We have faith that they will serve us well just as they have for years.
But Biblical faith is something so much greater. Biblical faith is in a God that will NEVER fail. We can always rely on Him. He is never going to change (Malachi 3:6).
So if God isn't going to change, His promises to us are never going to change.
He has promised that He will always be with us (Hebrews 13:5). We can have faith in the fact that we are never alone.
He has also promised to guide us (Luke 1:79). We can have faith that God will lead us in ways of peace. He doesn't want us to fall into destruction. He wants everything to work out for our good!
The list of God's promises goes on and on. I could never list them all here, but the point is that we can have faith in every single one of God's promises.
That faith should drive us to serve Him because of all that He is. The woman in Luke 7 knew exactly who Jesus was. She loved Him because of all that He was. She loved Him because He had forgiven her. Her faith in Him led her to wash His feet with her hair and to kiss His feet.
I don't know about you, but kissing feet seems like a lowly thing. But if I look back on my life, I know that much has been forgiven. I am probably not even worthy to kiss Jesus' feet, but I want to be willing to serve Him that way. I want to have enough faith that I will do WHATEVER Jesus has for me.
How about you? Do you have an active faith? A faith that drives you to serve Christ, or is your faith nothing more than words?
I'll leave you with this verse from James 2:26, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."