“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:5-6


Faith is a gift—a gift given us by the Father so we can know Him. Faith, here, is equated with “draw[ing] near to God.” So, faith is the gift Jesus personally brought to us from His Father, so that through Jesus we could draw near to the Father and, in drawing near, begin to understand that He is also our Father. And, like any good father who calls his child near to himself, because that father has a gift for his child, so our Father has gifts and rewards for those who hear His call and draw near to Him, to behold His kindness and goodness.

Think about it: Jesus personally makes a gift to you of His own faith, the faith He has in our Father; we draw near to God with Jesus’ faith and when we get up close, the Father has a reward for us. Is this a setup? Yes, the best possible kind! We get a gift of faith to get near to God, and then we get a reward on the other side of drawing near. We win, and then we win again. This is what Enoch, a patriarch of old, first learned of God. Enoch received from God the faith to draw near Him, to see Him the way God preferred to be seen—as a Father. And Enoch got so lost in God’s fatherly love and kindness that “he was not found, because God had taken him.” What could this possibly mean?

What if you can get so caught up in God, so carried away by the faith that He gives to you to draw near to Him, that you are no longer yourself? What if by drawing near to see the glory of His fathering you will be so transformed that you are “not found”—no one can recognize you, because you became so like Him that it can be said of you, too, “God had taken” you? What if there is a place in God, a place accessible only by the gift of faith Jesus personally gives us, that gives us the ability to get full-on lost in God’s kindness and goodness? There is. Enoch found that place and got so caught up in who God is that Enoch disappeared—Enoch became like Christ.

Paul put it this way, in Colossians 3:3-4: “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” The gift of faith Jesus gave us is a gift that gets us so near to God that we get lost in Him, only to be found in Christ, because we’ve become like Him. Now that’s a gift!

Samuel Nicolosi