What is Faith?
Faith is a confidence based on the sure promises of our faithful, never changing
Savior, God and therefore affects every aspect of our lives.
What does the world base it’s faith? For many, faith is merely a desperate hand
reaching out in the dark hoping to find its way. Faith is based on things we cannot see
with our physical eyes. As the Bible says, “Faith is being sure of what you hope for, and
certain of what you do not see.” Our faith has a solid foundation and therefore affects
every aspect of our life.
Two aspects of our faith are as follows:
I. May our faith have a solid foundation.
The solid foundation is that Jesus is Lord. God the Father raised Him from the
dead and it is God who justifies and saves us. The name Jesus means “He saves” or
“Savior.” We talk about Jesus being our Savior all the time, but do we really think about
what that means? First and foremost, it means that if He is our Savior, then we are in
need of saving, of being rescued.
Sin is real. We look around and see the evil, hate, and selfishness of the world.
When we look honestly within ourselves we see anger, pride, and selfishness. The Bible
tells us clearly what selfishness and pride deserves. The wages of sin is death. Eternal
death in hell.
Jesus is our Lord. In the NewTestament, the word Lord is used as the transla-
tion for the Old Testament name Jehovah. The name Jehovah literally means, “I am.”
God is the great I am. And what better name could there be to describe Him? He always
is and always will be. He never changes.
Another aspect of our faith is:
II. May our faith share what it believes.
What we believe affects who we are and how we live. If we have faith, we are go-
ing to confess that faith and call on the name of Lord to worship and thank Him.
You know, it’s kind of like an apple tree. If the roots of the tree are alive, it will
produce apples. Well, having faith is like having living roots. We are naturally going to
produce fruit. Nobody tells an apple tree that it must produce apples, it just does it natu-
rally. It’s the same thing with us as Christians, the stronger our roots, the stronger our
faith is, the more fruit we will produce. And so how do we strengthen our roots? Well,
reading God’s Word, taking Holy Communion, and remembering our baptism are the
ways in which God waters us. The more we get of them, the more fruit we will produce.
For now, be sure that your faith is founded on the sure promises of God. Heaven
is yours, not because you’ve earned it, not because you have faith, but because Jesus won
it for you, because God has given you faith. And now may this faith produce fruit in your
lives. Brothers and Sisters: Go in peace, live in harmony with one another, serve the
Lord with gladness.
In His Service,
Jeffrey A. Fick