What is faith? In our world faith is a term that can be thrown around loosely and this is no more prevalent than inside the church walls. If you asked the average person at church if they have faith, most people would answer yes. However, I would not say that everyone who says they have faith is actually telling the truth.
Why would I make this claim? I make this claim because of Genesis 15:6 and the example of Abraham throughout the rest of the book of Genesis. God made a claim to Abraham that was outrageous. He told him that he would have a son and a great nation would come from his offspring. Abraham was so old that this was physically impossible and and had never happened before. God might as well have told him that he would have super powers and be able to fly. Yet, Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness to Abraham. Abraham trusted God based on his belief in God, not in possibilities or circumstances. Abraham demonstrated his belief through action. He cut up animals, which were like currency in those days, and offered them to God. It would be like asking us to go take a thousand dollars out of the bank and set it on fire. Would you do that? Faith is based on a belief in God for who he is and acting on that faith by obeying God’s commandments.
The actions of most of us in the church today do not reflect this kind of faith. Our church attendance keeps declining, the thought of tithing makes many of us “uncomfortable,” having a quiet time is too hard for most of us and the amount of Christians who share their faith is below 10% according to most research.
So my question for you to ponder is, do you have faith?
By: Chad Wiles