“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
A.W. Tozer once said that what comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you. What do you put your faith in? Why do you believe what you believe?
You can learn a lot about a culture’s beliefs by studying their burial practices. In Ancient Egypt, bodies were mummified. A crucial part of the mummy was the mask placed over the head to provide an idealized image of the deceased as a resurrected being. Typically made from a cheap, lightweight material consisting of layers of linen, hardened with glue and plaster, the mask symbolically signified that upon death, the deceased had risen to a higher status, equal with the gods.
Throughout the ages, people in all parts of the world, living in different eras, have generally believed in a greater force in the universe and in an after-life of some type or another. They worshipped these gods and gave them different attributes that they could manipulate as if they were trying to get candy out of a vending machine. Other times, these gods were angry and unappeasable.
One of the things that differentiates Christianity, is our belief in a personal God intimately involved with His creation. While we come into this world as children of wrath, God, through his son, Jesus Christ, paved a clear path for us to return to right-standing with Him. Through faith, by grace, we can come to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is by faith, that we are saved. Not by anything we do or are due. Simply by believing in Him and purely through His divine grace and mercy, you and I can enter into a forever right-relationship with God. Initially, the only thing we contribute to the conversation is our sin. Jesus, like when he changed common water into extraordinary wine, transforms our lives. After being transformed, we learn to walk by faith.
What is faith? Faith means that we believe in God, abide in Him, and trust in Him—consciously, intentionally and with conviction. God is the great object of our faith. Faith is what spurns us to look to God and trust in His promises. Our relationship with God is determined by how we deal with and by how we see God.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12
It’s not just a matter of believing that is important, but what you believe and in whom you believe. If what or who we put our faith in isn’t real then we are fools who are to be pitied for our faith. As a Christian, I believe that God, the Father, sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on a Cross to pay the debt, not only for my sins, but for all sins. I believe Jesus Christ was buried and that on the third day He rose again and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. I believe that because of his shed blood and by placing our faith and trust in him, you and I have the precious opportunity to be reconciled with God.