When we look at others, what do we admire? A quick survey of the American entertainment industry reveals our values. We admire people with beauty, money, success and power. We are impressed with people with strength and athletic abilities, and we are willing to pay big money to see them perform. But, the great question of life is, “What does God admire?” You don’t have to read too far in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, to discover the answer. God admires, honors, and blesses…FAITH! Consider Abraham. When called to move to another country, “By faith Abraham…obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). He was willing to live like a refugee in a tent, even though God said he would one day inherit the land. Hebrews 11:9 says, “By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country…for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” He was promised a son, but there was no child for 25 years! However, God had plans for Abraham and Sarah because they exercised faith. “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11). So, life comes down to this…. Will we spend our short time on earth wearing ourselves out running after what others admire? Or will we give ourselves to grow into people of faith? Faith is not some kind of gimmick where we twist our minds to embrace fantasy. Faith is laying hold of God’s reality, believing that what we cannot see is just as real as what we can see. Peter, the apostle of Jesus, exhorted us: “Make every effort to add to your faith” (2 Peter 1:5). Faith is God’s gift to us, and what we do with faith is our gift back to Him. Grow your faith by hearing and reading the Bible. “Faith comes from hearing the message…” (Romans 10:17). Grow your faith by developing a prayer life and establishing priorities. Grow your faith by submitting your life and future into His hands. The world and everything that impresses others will all pass away. The righteousness God gives through faith lasts forever. “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). Trust Him!
Pastor Mark Boucher