Setting An Example: Faith
What is faith? And what does it mean to be someone who lives by faith? Today's devotional unpacks this big topic beautifully, and encourages us to keep going, and keep living for Jesus. Emma x
I think this is probably the hardest of the list - how do we set an example for others in something that is found in our hearts? Looking at the Bible is always a great place to start, and I’m going to pick out two of the things that I have found there.
1. Deep Conviction
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith is about more than just believing God exists. It goes deeper than that. Faith is a certainty in who God is and knowing Him for ourselves. In many ways God is not tangible or visible. He’s not a person we can walk up to in the street and touch to know He’s real. Part of faith is the conviction that God exists, He is good, and He loves us soooooo much, even though we can’t see Him.
2. Not Ashamed
This is the other aspect of giving others a good example when it comes to our faith: we have to let them see it. This doesn’t necessarily mean standing on a street corner and shouting for all your worth “I believe in Jesus”. Rather, it is allowing your relationship with God to shape your life, and being honest with others about that.
This is something that I’ve tried to do throughout my life, not because I wanted others to think well of me, but because a relationship with Jesus means that we put Him first. The other summer, a friend I’ve known since pre-school told me that her watching me be a Christian was an inspiration to her, and helped her realise it was possible. I’d had no idea she’d seen that. I was glad and touched, but realised this was the result of something more. By living my life for Jesus (imperfectly I might add), and doing so publicly, others can see my faith in a natural way.
The faith I’m talking about here is more than just whether or not we turn up to church on a Sunday, or even go to Youth Group as well. This faith is so much deeper; it’s about our relationship with God. It is a faith that isn’t on show because we parade around in our Sunday best, ensuring everyone can see how fantastic a Christian we are. Rather it’s a relationship that oozes out of our being. It’s a natural outworking of a much deeper conviction.
My prayer for you and me is that our faith, our relationship with God, would be visible to others, and would spur them on to a deeper and greater relationship with Jesus.
A village girl at heart, Amy is moving to Southampton this year to study Medicine; and is looking forward to taking up sailing, finding a new church, and seeing God move at Uni. She has loved being involved in churches and CU at home and is super excited to see what God has planned for this next (quite long!) chapter.