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Faith with Consequences

January 29, 2015

What do the great Bible heroes have in common? Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, David, Paul … the list goes on, and we can all name our favourite – but what does unite them?

Heb 11 answers the question for us: they all had FAITH. And this faith wasn’t just abstract; it wasn’t just accepting certain statements about God and reality. It was active; it was alive; and it had consequences. Real consequences in the real world.

That’s what has always characterised true faith: the willingness to be different, to take your life in your hands, to obey God more than men. Abraham trusted God and left his home for an unknown destination; Joshua trusted God and defeated the Canaanites; Paul the Pharisee eventually trusted God and make a spectacle of himself, travelling all over the empire telling everybody Jesus was the Messiah.

The world doesn’t understand this, because the world doesn’t see “faith”, only “religion” – which is something completely different. Religion can be tucked away when inconvenient; faith is ever present. Religion is based on rules and rituals; faith is based on a relationship. Religion is a separate sphere of life; faith affects everything.

Which is why Paul said that we should glorify God in everything (1 Cor 10:31). If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives in you; if that is so, every area of your life will be transformed, and your faith will influence real events in real time and space, for the glory of God. Isn’t that marvellous?!

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