By His grace, God has given you the gift of faith through which you are saved. The faith we have is a gift. This gift was purchased by Jesus. The acronym GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense – sums it up. The gift was given to us by God through the Holy Spirit. It is a gift to be treasured and protected. It is a gift to be used daily and not tucked away on the back shelf of you heart for a rainy day. It is a gift that changed my life forever and continues to change me daily. It is a gift to be shared with others but one that only God can give to someone.
But do I always see my faith as a gift? There are times that I don’t feel like I have enough faith for what lies in front of me. There are times that my flesh wants to do something that my faith says no to. There are times my faith takes me into situations that make me uncomfortable. At these times, do I see my faith as a gift or a burden?
And what is faith? The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Or another translation has it “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”. Faith is our confidence that Jesus’ death and resurrection is enough, that God has reserved a place in heaven for us, and that God is in control of our lives. Faith is the proof we have that even though we can’t see God we know that He exists and is for us. I’ve heard it described this way. I can see a chair and hope that the chair will do what it was made to do. I can believe that it was built correctly and that the materials are strong enough to support my weight. But faith causes me to sit down in the chair and prove it so. Faith moves me from hoping God is real to experiencing how real God is.