What Faith Looks Like | Part 4: A Great Reward
April 26, 2021
April 26, 2021
We’ve been discussing faith based on Hebrews 10 and 11. We’ve looked at what faith is NOT, what faith IS, and some hallmarks of faith. Let’s review and see what this means for us today.
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the tangible proof of the unseen that simultaneously assures you that what you believe is true and right and real.
Faith apprehends as a real fact what is not revealed to the senses. Faith is confidence that results in action carried out in a variety of situations by ordinary people in response to the unseen God and his promises, with various earthly outcomes but always the ultimate outcome of God’s commendation and reward.
Keep your confidence through all circumstances.
Look at Hebrews 10:35 — So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
That word “confidence” is the same word used earlier in Hebrews 10:19. There, we are to enter into the presence of God with boldness … or, confidence. So the author is saying to us that when circumstances get difficult and you are tested to believe that faith is only faith if the outcome is positive and immediate, don’t throw away or easily discard the confidence … the boldness you have because of the work of Jesus. Your reward is certain. Keep your confidence!
Speak truth to yourself.
We call the example list of Hebrews 11 the “Hall of Faith” and think of these inductees as especially heroic. There exists a danger for us as contemporary readers. These people are different from us, we may reason. After all, they are in the Bible. We may see ourselves, by contrast, as much too normal, or worldly, or powerless to live extraordinary lives of faith.
But if this is our perspective we miss the whole point—this life of faith is normal for the people of God. This is “mere” Christianity, as C. S. Lewis put it. The author’s whole program is to call struggling, sometimes bumbling Christians to live boldly by faith. He calls us—with all our habits and hang-ups, warts and worries—to action. We are called to step out of step with the world, hop up on the stage of history, and take our place in God’s roll call of the faithful. Of course we are inadequate; but so have been all others who have evidenced the grace of God. It would not be grace otherwise.
We must be ready, practicing faith in all the little things of life, and when we do so, we add ourselves to the list of Hebrews 11.
Rob is Teaching Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.