God says that faith is the one thing that is required for us to enter into Heaven.(Ephesians 2:8) That’s it. This is a simple concept but we as humans often try to complicate it. By trusting (having faith) that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price for our blunders, we can have eternal life in paradise. I believe that complicating the simplicity of salvation enough to steer people away from it is Satan’s ultimate goal. But God’s Word says over and over again how faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us is the most important of all.
Hebrews 11:6a And without faith it is impossible to please Him (God) . . .
Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of faith in His time here on earth. Oftentimes when He healed someone, He referenced the person’s faith in relation to their healing. (Mark 2:5), (Luke 5:20), (Luke 7:50), (Luke 8:48), (Luke 17:19), (Luke 18:42) And that’s just a sample of the references!
Here are a few more key facts about faith:
- Faith requires patience as it always responds to God on God’s own timing and conditions. (Hebrews 6:12)
- The testing of faith produces perseverance. (James 1:3)
- Faith enables us to encourage one another as believers. (Romans 1:12)
Faith ultimately means that we believe God exists and that He rewards us. We expect him to work in our lives and bless us all the time. Real faith doesn’t need to know all the details. After all, Abraham and Sarah didn’t know why they were traveling and Noah didn’t know when the flood was to happen. These pioneers of faith knew only that God had told them to “go” or “do”. In fact, did you realize that Abraham and Sarah did not ever arrive to a place where they would call home? From the time he was called by God to leave his homeland, Abraham was continually traveling. Having true faith also means recognizing that, as Christians, we are living in this world as in a temporary “rent home.”
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Hebrews 11:13
Okay, so we believe – now what? Good question! James 2:17 has the answer, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” Faith without action is dead! Remember the popular line from the movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come?” Well that quote is also implying, “If you don’t build it, they won’t come!” If we don’t live as though we believe in Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord over our lives; we are not being a good example to others and may be a hindrance to them. By not acting out our faith, we are useless in building God’s kingdom and making disciples, which He specifically asks us to do. Put your faith to work and watch God do incredible things in your life and the life of everyone around you.
About the Writer:
Natalie is a stay at home mom to two young boys. Additionally, she occasionally works as an emergency room nurse and is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband have been called into the medical mission field and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for their lives.