“The Ingredients of a Life of Faith”
Hebrews 11:8 – 19
Have you ever stopped to think about how you get God’s approval in life? Can you gain God approval by being religious? No. Can you gain God approval by going to church? No. Can you gain God’s approval by keeping the Ten Commandments? No. There is only one way that we can please God. In Hebrew 11:6 we learn that, “… without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
There are only two ways to live. One way, by far the most common, is to live by sight….to base everything on what you can see. The other way, far less commonly taken, is to live by faith, to base our lives primarily and ultimately on what we cannot see. This is the Christian way, the biblical way, this is the way that the people of God have and should always live.
1. True Faith Involves A Willingness To Obey – The life of faith begins with the willingness to heed the call of God to leave the place and life of sin. Hebrews 11:8
2. True Faith Involves A Willingness To Wait – The life of faith did not end for Abraham when he left Ur of the Chaldees behind or when he finally set foot on the territory to which God directed his steps. Hebrew 11:9 -10
3. True Faith Involves A Willingness To Sacrifice – The final demonstration of faith, its ultimate proof, is the willingness to sacrifice.
One crucial question demands an answer. “If faith is so great why do so few people live it?” An important reason is that most people would rather do anything than take a risk.
Taking risks, means being vulnerable. And that may affect our finances, our friends, our future, our feelings, our occupation, where we live, and a host of other considerations. The human tendency is to want to be safe and secure, to hedge our bets, to insure ourselves against loss.
“Basically, we fail at faith because we fear to risk.” Charles Swindoll