A LIFE OF FAITH
"Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith."
// Galatians 3:6-9
Faith alone is what we can add to all that God is doing in our lives, for by faith we partner with God in all that He does. He doesn’t want or ask for our efforts or ideas about how we need to change. He doesn’t need ideas; He sees who He is making us into. He is the grand designer of the universe and, truth be told, we think way too small for His liking, so nope, He certainly isn’t asking for our input about who or what we should become.
But He does most certainly want our input, and that input is radically simple: “Yes, Lord, I want that too!” That’s it. That is the profession of our faith. When He says, “I will make you this” we need only respond, “Do it! Just do it! I completely agree that that idea is the best idea for who you want me to become. So go ahead and make it happen!” That is faith; the faith of one who knows they are the beloved child of a loving, good God.
God came to Abram and said He would give Him a son and change his name to “Abraham,” which means “the father of many nations.” God didn’t ask Abraham to add anything to it, or to limit God’s way of making it happen. Truth be told, when Abraham and Sarah rationalized how the promise would be fulfilled, they ended up making a mess, for which Hagar and her son by Abraham, Ishmael, paid the price of exile (you can read the story in Genesis). But when God realigned Abraham with His original design, getting Abraham to believe the promise He had made him, then God was able to bring forth the blessings He promised him.
God makes promises to us about who He is making us into, and we need to, by faith and patience, expect the promises of God. He promised us the ascended life, the life of His own Son. Each of us has specific promises from God about what the life of the Son is going to look like throughout the course of our lives. So, to see that all the way through, the Father offers us His hand and asks us to walk with Him by faith, staying in step with the pace, rhythm, and stride of His gait. A life of faith is a life that stays in step with God, keeps eyes on Him, and walks with gratitude and praise pouring forth from the depths of the heart.
And as Paul affirms, “those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” When Paul calls Abraham “the man of faith,” he is thinking of the “new self” that God put into each of us when we are born again. In other words, the recreated “new man” is a “man of faith,” and it’s natural for the “new self” to believe God. So let’s stay natural with God—let’s believe Him!