25th April 2019

Believe, Trust, Have Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Festivals each year retell the fantastic story of a God who gave up his divine position (but not his divinity) to come to the earth he had created. He reduced himself from the Creator to the created, choosing to identify himself with us, not merely by empathy, but by experience. Our God, the Christian God, actually experienced, hands on, what it was like, indeed, what it is like, to be a human being.

Most religions look up to God, but our God actually not only looked down on us, he came down and joined us. And so our God is unique. In fact, so unique (apologies for the oxymoron) is he, pursuing unheard of deeds to help us, that even Christians find this concept difficult to come to grips with. Surely our God needs us to do something!? No. Everything necessary to be done was done before any of us was born. Well then, surely something is required of us? Oh yes, but then many don’t believe that that could possibly be enough, the only requirement God has set for us: To BELIEVE! Our God requires us to believe that his son first of all came, lived and died as a human being, then was raised to life again and lives today as our High Priest. It’s called faith. And that’s why the Christian way of life is called “the way of faith.”

Ahh, but now comes the tricky bit, the bit that’s so difficult for a human being to get his or her head (and heart) around as a very real Godly concept: Then, as a response to what Christ freely did and does for us, we seek to live that same life of sacrifice and restraint in the service of others. Then, God himself tells us, when we do that, He counts it as service to him. This is a life unfettered by all sorts of information we once thought indispensable for a Christian. No, none of our cleverness is required. Only simple faith in God, and then to respond in our lives because of that belief and trust. Over the years that response deepens and becomes more significant as we grow in grace and the knowledge of our Saviour.

Wow! No wonder more and more see our God as not only someone worthy of worship, but that worship becomes an indispensable tool of response to our faith in his personal saving work for each of us.

Prayer
Loving Father, you understand us so well. You planned and executed our salvation to perfection. You knew we’d never work out something, anything, so perfect and complete. Now, humbly, we ask for your help in believing it. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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