“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
Someone may ask, “What is faith?” Simply put, faith is putting what we believe into action.
In the season of Advent we celebrate that Jesus has come, Jesus has risen, and Jesus will come again. Indeed, the word “Advent” means “coming.” In the season of Advent we believe that Jesus came to us, born as a baby. In the season of Advent we believe that as an adult that Jesus came to preach, teach, and heal among us, calling us all back into a right relationship with God. Then died on a cross, was resurrected on the third day, and ascended back into heaven forty days after his resurrection. Thus conquering death, the power of sin, and giving us the promise of eternal life in God’s kingdom.
In the season of Advent we believe that Jesus will one day come again to rid the world of evil and sin and restore God’s creation to perfection. But, in order for what we believe about Jesus to become real in our lives we must put our beliefs into action, which is done by faith. In faith, we live out our belief in Christ daily in our lives. In faith we live knowing that the One has come, ascended, and will come again, works daily in our lives – guiding us, teaching us, directing us, working through us to bring all people into a saving relationship with him, and thus becoming children of the Kingdom of God. It is our faith in Jesus that we live out the teachings of Jesus that has the power to transform lives, reconcile broken relationships, set people free from the power of sin, and bring peace, strength, comfort, and joy.
It doesn’t require great faith, just faith as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), to see our belief in Jesus at work in our lives and the world around us. So let this Advent season be a reminder that faith is simply putting our belief in Jesus into action by living out our lives daily in Jesus. When Jesus told the paralyzed man to get up and walk (Mark 2:11), the paralyzed man believed that Jesus could make him walk again, but it took faith to be obedient to Jesus and to get up and walk.
Jesus is calling all of us to believe in him, and to go into the world and make disciples. Will we have the faith to answer the call and put our belief in Jesus into action?
[For more on Faith in Action, read Hebrews 11.]
Note: We thank guest blogger Pastor Justin for his encouraging meditation on Faith for our Advent series.