For by grace you have been saved through faith.
We are saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Faith is a gift from God. That gift was given to be used, to be practiced, to be grown and cared for. Faith isn’t something we put on a shelf to collect dust. It is something we actively use and practice.
Are we using this gift of faith? Or did we unwrap it and set it aside like an ungrateful child at Christmas distracted by all the other things we have in this world.
Faith should be treasured. It is activated by our works. When we receive faith, if we set it aside on a shelf, we never get to experience THE GIFT we have been given.
God gives me a picture of an old piano. He tells me this story:
If I inherit a beautiful old grand piano from my grandfather. I set it on display in the middle of my living room. I dust it regularly. I come and admire it. I sometimes even sit in front of the ivory keys, running my fingers up and down them. People who visit who often comment on the beautiful piano. They ask where it came from. We have lots of talks around the piano about the piano.
But think about this. A piano may be beautiful to look at but the true beauty of a piano lies in the music that comes from the instrument being played.
God hand selected us as his chosen instruments. And the faith he gives us is a gift, given so that we will play His melody, His song. It is in the playing of the instrument that we find out why we exist. If we set our faith on a shelf to admire, do we ever get to experience the imperishable beauty God has given us or crafted us for?
Could it be that God has a symphony of beauty to be displayed by his church but only a few instruments are ever willing to play so we never get to see Gods glory on display in this realm?
True faith is active. True faith is alive. True faith has a pulse, it is the heartbeat of Jesus. True faith moves us and will lead us.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17
The beautiful thing about faith is we get better at it as we practice it. It will grow up in us and around us as we give glory to God. And we find that God never fails. He keeps his promises. The things to come he will declare and we find that they really come to be.
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21
The Greek word for faith is pistis and it is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. Faith for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion” – and therefore distinct from human belief, yet involving it.
The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer.
Abraham grew strong in his faith because he was willing to Go, he was willing to do what God asked of him.
Am I willing to go? Or am I allowing fear of the unknown to paralyze the gift God has given to me?
We must walk by faith and not by sight. The only way we learn to walk in faith is by beginning.