Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 11:1-3.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
When you say “faith”, what exactly do you mean? The dictionary definition says “strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof”. It is a difficult thing for us to explain in our own words, but Jesus taught that even faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17).
Jesus also spoke of a childlike faith (Matthew 18) and that we must be born again (John 3), discarding our old ways and learning what God wants of us, a new beginning. It requires us to give up our own willful nature and trust God for what we need. For many of us, this can be a hard thing to do.
God wants us to know how much He loves us and how He will provide for us. It doesn’t mean we don’t participate in earning a living or caring for others, but that we follow where He leads, accepting His love and the gift of salvation He offers us. Our faith can heal us and the world around us when we trust in the Lord.
Gracious God, in Your mercy You sent Jesus as our teacher and savior. Help us to go in faith to be part of Your plan, sharing your love with all the world. Amen.