by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2
Remembering that all truth is God’s truth, why not go to God’s Word for the definition of faith? After all, our salvation is through faith alone by grace alone, so it is critical that we understand what God views as faith.
Being sure and certain.
Being absolutely convinced.
Of what we hope for and do not see.
We hope for the return of Jesus and the resurrection of our eternal souls…we hope for life after death. We do not see people being resurrected and ascending into heaven, we do not see Jesus’ glorified body [although, there were those who did], and we do not see heaven–the New Jerusalem where we will spend eternity.
But we believe. We are absolutely convinced that each of these exist. We have faith that we will see God because we have accepted His Son Jesus as Lord of our lives.
Now the ancients–biblical heroes–were commended for their faith. Hebrews 11 records how these believers took action in their generation because of their absolute certainty in God. And the writer of Hebrews, as inspired by God, encourages each of us to be the Hero of Faith in our Generation.
Why? What can we do that Noah and Abraham and David and many others didn’t?
We can touch people that they never knew.
God wants to reach our world today. He wants to work through faithful believers to perform miracles, to spread the gospel and to bring the people of our generation into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Will you allow that someone to be you?
You see, even when you are absolutely certain that God exists, walking by faith is a choice.
Will you choose to be a Generation Hero?