By Toby Chan
A little girl finally got to attend a wedding for the first time. While in the church, the girl asked her mother: “Why is the bride dressed in white?” The mother replied to the girl: “Because white is the color of happiness and it’s the happiest day of her life today”.
After a little bit, the girl looks up at her mother and says: “But, then why is the groom wearing black?”
Let me tell you another one.
Shortly after tying the knot, a young married couple started arguing over who should make the coffee. Being a good Christian woman, the wife went to the scriptures for her answer. She said that the Bible specifically stated that men should be the ones to make the coffee.
Puzzled, the husband asked her where in the Bible it said that. Very confidently, the wife opened up her Bible and said: “It’s right here—HEBREWS”.
Today I want to talk about faith. The fact is we hear so many references to faith these days like have faith in yourself, keep the faith, don’t lose faith, or be faithful. But what is faith? Let’s turn to Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Another reference to this is that faith is not primarily a function of how you feel.
Faith is living out and believing what truth is despite what you feel.
Nowadays, people say that if you have a strong why—a strong reason behind what you do—that really anything is possible. The Wright brothers didn’t have a university degree or big funding and ran a bicycle shop, but they wanted to see if they could fly. Party B was an alumni of Harvard who had over $50,000 in funding. A lot of historians say person B was driven not by flight or by trying to make things fly but by fame, and that seems to have made a difference.
So why faith? Hebrews 11:5 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”.
Ephesians 2:8 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith”.
One way to answer why God requires faith is because He is our Heavenly Father. Our relationship to Him is similar to other relationships in the sense that it includes trust in the other person, time together, love, and respect. Because we cannot fully know another person, let alone an infinite God, all relationships require some degree of faith (trust). God is our Father and it takes faith to believe that He loves us and that He provides for our needs.
Faith is essential to our lives as believers, and if you’ve ever wondered why faith is important this article will shed some light on the answers. It is the very foundation of our Christian belief. We begin our journey with the profession of our belief and faith in who God is.
We believe by faith that Jesus lived, died on the cross, and rose on the third day. Because of our faith, we know that God not only is our Father in Heaven, but He loves us so much He gave His son Jesus for the redemption of our sins. We have faith that God actually loves us enough to take care of our needs. We have faith that He hears our prayers when we call Him.
Having faith is a necessity for Christians, and here are three reasons why it is so important for us to have in faith our lives.
1. Faith is Pleasing to God.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Not only must we believe who He is, but we must believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. It pleases God when we seek to have a strong relationship with Him that is built on our trust and belief in Him. When we seek Him with a pure and believing heart, God lovingly answers our prayers, heals our bodies, and mends our broken relationships.
2. Faith Determines Our Actions.
Faith is important because it affects the decisions we make, the way we interact with others, and the way we react to the situations that confront us. Faith must be practiced. The more we put our trust in God, the more faith we develop. Some of us start with just a small amount of faith. The Bible talks about having just a “mustard seed”-size amount of faith. It is not the amount that counts, it is the belief in our heart that at all times God is with us, will provide for us, and will rescue us from the enemy. Faith in practice develops more faith in action.
3. Faith Gives Us a Testimony.
Our testimony and witness is based on our faith. Have you noticed that we win others to Christ not only by our actions but also by the words that we speak? When something great happens, we often cannot wait to share the good news. This is how we should be as Christians. We should be sharing our good news of faith about how God worked in our lives, changed our situations, and helped us through tough times. The words of testimony not only build up the person speaking, but they give courage to the hearer of the testimony and encourage them to believe God, too.
By faith, we can move mountains. “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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.’” (Mt. 17:20).
The Bible also speaks that we should walk by faith and not by sight and that faith without deeds is dead. If we do not show in any way what we believe, then what do we actually believe? If you love someone but don’t show any affection or speak any loving word, how can you tell you really love that person? Hebrews 11:5 also reminds us that without faith we cannot please God. We need to trust in Him. Finally, Ephesians 2:8 speaks of faith as the means of our salvation. Without faith, we may not get our promise. But even then faith does not mean fulfilment.
We see in Hebrews 11 the list of the heroes of faith, people who struggled yet achieved great things for God’s kingdom. They had faith in the God of the impossible and yet, verses 39 and 40 say: “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Their focus was on something bigger, the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.