Faith. A five letter word. Faith. A word that has 2 definitions. The world defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. A simple definition. We can accept this definition and apply it to all aspects of our life, including our spiritual life and walk with Christ. But I can’t, nor will I accept that simple definition of faith and it’s application to my walk with Christ. In the King James version, Faith is actually mentioned only twice, while faithful is mentioned over 75 times. This tells me that, in order to learn faith in Christ, we have to study His Word to find and understand true faith, the level of faith we strive to have in God.
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
God gives Abraham the ultimate test of faith, telling him to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his total faith in God,
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Abraham is rewarded for his total faith and obedience to God. We can see that God wants a broken heart of self-will, which is what Abraham shows, by not questioning God, no showing any kind of hesitation. We can see that, when we have faith – faith that God will be there for us, when we obey – obey what God tells us to do in our Walk with Him, sacrifice – sacrifice our selfishness and our self-thought to do for others without expectation, God will pour out His love and grace on us.
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:1-6, NIV
We need not brag or bring attention to our faithfulness, or our prayer for others. When we do that, we take the glory away from God, and puts it on us. We need not brag, nor bring attention with words to our walk with Christ. Our actions from our heart will define our walk, our faith, our obedience in God. When you serve God, and expect worldly acknowledgement of any sort, you are serving the world. You then are saying your faith is not in God, but in what the world will reward you with, for your deed. Notice I did not say GOOD deed. I can only define GOOD deed as deeds done for the glory of God.
Faith. A five letter word. There are many examples of faith in God’s Word. Joseph. Moses. Joshua. Esther. Ruth. Job. Gideon. All were faithful to God, and were blessed for their faithfulness and obedience. You won’t find their names in the dictionary under faith. I challenge you to pick up your Bible, and study each example I have listed here. Nine examples of faith, all before Jesus came and gave us the ultimate sacrifice and taught us the ultimate faith in God, His life for our sins.
Do we have that same faith in God? Can we walk up the mountain, and unconditionally have the same faith that Abraham had? Do we have that faith that is easy to have when things are going our way, but when things are not so well, we look to the world for answers? Questions only you can answer, an answer that can only come from your heart.
Faith. Just a five letter word.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20, NIV