Getting into Faith
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13.5 NIV).
Once we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior by faith, we are saved from our emptiness and reconciled back to God. We now have a relationship with a perfect God, not on our own merit but by the unmerited favor of Jesus. Death becomes a door to eternity and the relationship we have with God continues into heaven. However, if we don’t have that relationship on earth, the absence of our relationship with God will continue into hell. Jesus is now in us, so we must continue living by faith. Sometimes we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on the waves of circumstances around us. This will only make us sink into despair. It is easy to allow the hardships around us to drown us in a spiral of fear, anxiety and sorrow. That is why Paul says to “examine yourselves to see whether you are in faith.” Choosing to walk by faith and not by sight is a daily decision. Every morning we must decide to place our thoughts and actions into our faith. If we are standing firmly on the Rock of Jesus in faith, nothing the world throws at us can knock us away from Him. We may lose our breath for a moment, we may stumble or slip, we may even find ourselves holding on for dear life; but our steady faith in God will keep us from sinking and floating away into the whirlwind of the world. It is our firm faith during troubling times that shows a broken world that we have found true hope in Jesus Christ.
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2.14 NLT).