“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”
The demands of love are very high. So high that it is too hard to meet its lofty requirements with our own strength. There is no doubt that love is what this world needs, and there is no doubt we see glimpses of this love everyday in the humanity that surrounds us. But even with these glimpses, the demands of love continue to soar high. It’s as if the price of love amongst us humans is rising; the inflation is skyrocketing with every unkind word, with every theft, every gossip, every manipulation, untruth, lust, every abuse—the love that is needed to make up for this debt of love is truly astronomical.
We need love. But without hope and without faith, we find ourselves grasping for glimpses of love, rather than the endless supply needed for our own hearts and the hearts of those around us. God, in all His infinite and beautiful wisdom, did not leave us scratching our heads for an answer to the high price of love, but rather gave us the gift of faith to access the full supply of love that the world needs.
Before this great chapter on faith in Hebrews 11, the writer encourages the Christians he is writing to because some of them, in order to help fellow Christians who were in prison and suffering for their faith, "showed sympathy to the prisoners, and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one”(Hebrews 10:34).
It’s a crazy verse because it shows a love that was able to meet the demand that was presented. The demand was that their fellow believers and friends were suffering and needed their help and encouragement, so they were able let go of their properties, their shelter, their safety, their net worth in order to be with fellow believers who were suffering and stand with them for Jesus. Now that is some crazy love!
How could someone love like that? How can you and I at C3 Brooklyn be a church in our context in NYC, and love in a way that meets the demands that present themselves before us every day? The demands of love are high in this city.
The key to accessing and then giving love like these early Christians did is through faith! Faith that what God promised us in Christ is real. Those early Christians had an assurance and a confidence—or a faith—that the greatest possession anyone could ever get, which is Christ, far outweighed the possessions of this world. When presented with the demands of love, they applied the gift of faith—or the confidence, conviction, trust and assurance that God gave them—and knew that what is found in Christ is far greater than anything they could lose in this life. And flowing out of that faith, they had the supernatural supply to respond to the demands of love, because they knew they had the fullness of Love itself.
Love is the answer, but without faith in God we will never have access to the unending supply of Love found in Christ that we need in order to meet humanity’s seemingly never-ending demands of love. Choose today to place your confidence and trust in Jesus Christ, and let’s through Christ meet the demands of love in this city.
Ps Josh Kelsey