God calls all of us to live our life by, in and through faith. The Apostle Paul said, “The just shall live by faith!” But what is faith and how do we “live” by it? That is the million dollar question isn’t it? The actual “doing” of life is often lost in translation between idea, philosophy or theology and actual living. What does it mean to live life by faith in Jesus?
“Faith” is belief in truth and the act of entrusting oneself to it. So the first step to a life of faith is the attainment of knowledge. We must know what God says is true. In order to do this we must locate the reservoir or place in which God’s truth may be found. Christians believe such knowledge is contained in the Holy Scriptures. So God’s word, the Bible, is the fountain from which we check or “judge” all perceived ideas as to their validity. If something contradicts Scripture we reject and discard it as error. But perceived ideas of truth which are corroborated in the Bible, we accept as absolute, valid and trustworthy. Which leads to the second half of faith, “Trust.” Once we know the truth of God on a subject, we are confronted with the choice of whether we will entrust ourselves to His definition of truth.
“Trust” can very simply be defined as reliance upon the character or ability of someone or something. Once we know what God has said is true, we can rely upon His perfect character and infinite ability to do what He says He will do or make good on what He has said to be genuine. And this is where so many fail in their quest to live by faith in God; believing something is true is one thing but to entrust oneself to rightly perceived truth quite another. Trust requires an end to self reliance and the beginning of dependence upon another. Such emptying of self is contrary to our nature. See, at the end of the day we are all tempted to that same sin which befell our first parents; we are tempted to be our own god. To let go of control (however ill conceived it may be) in order to “trust” another is simply unthinkable to the “natural man.” Trust requires a death to self most are simply unwilling to endure.
Where are you? Do you want a greater faith in God? Do you want to live by faith? If you are struggling to live by faith, ask yourself two questions: “How well do I know what God says is true?” And, “Do I trust God for what I know He has said is true?” The answer to these questions will quickly show you the way to a life of deeper faith.