Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Faith, The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of little Christian ships everywhere. Our lifetime mission: to explore new worlds seeking God's will in our lives, to boldly witness to the good news of Jesus Christ, and to grow in faith when certainty is silent. Wait, when certainty is silent? But certainty is what I have sought for much of my life. I want to know beyond all doubt that I am right in this believing. Sorry, faith is described in Hebrews eleventy-one as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We don't get to see the promised Heaven. We don't get to see the backside of Jesus as we follow Him. Our knowledge is based on hope, the evidence of our faith is in believing that our Lord died for our sins and lives again. We don't get to see with certainty.

Faith is our final frontier. God did not reveal in the Revelation that Jesus would return on a specified date. We believe that Jesus will return based on His testimony to John and the other disciples. For certainty we get long ago eyewitness reports and historical stories. Nothing has been added to the Bible for many a year. Yet, something or someone must enable our faith. Where does the seed of faith come from in us?

The journey to that glorious meeting where faith meets certainty in the person of Christ begins with a step of belief. The world we know mocks this belief. "There is no certainty, no proof," they will say, and in this they are correct. We take it on faith, just a little at first, but growing as the years and tribulations roll by. Who are the birds who shelter in that greatest of trees that sprouted from the smallest of seeds? We are! Those who believe and receive the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord. At the time of this belief, the Counselor is granted and in us the seed of faith is planted.

In the matchless name of Jesus,

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