The Hebrews writer wrote, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who come to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” ( Heb. 11:6 ). Faith is defined in this verse by the term “believe.” The person who has thefaith in this verse believes in God. This is not a blind belief , as indicated in an earlier article. Rather, it is a belief that is based upon facts, data-substance and evidence ( Heb. 11:1 ). That data is found in scripture, as the apostle Paul wrote: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” ( Rom. 10:17 ).
When a person develops faith , based upon what he learns from the faith , he must make up his mind to live in faithfulness . Jesus instructed,“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” ( Rev. 2:10 ). Faithfulness is demonstrated by living true to one’s faith . To live faithfully (synonymous to living in faithfulness ) is to live by the teachings of the faith . Faithfulness is the outward expression, the active demonstration, of one’s faith . Faith without faithfulness is “dead” (Jas. 2:14-26 )!
Let’s make up our minds to give proper attention to our faith . Let’s nurture it through our study of the teachings of the faith , applying those teachings properly to our lives. As we do, our faith will grow stronger. Living by faith will become apparent and to those around us as they observe our faithfulness . Our faith should not be just part of our life;our faith should be our life ( Gal. 2:20 )!