Yesterday I wrote about how faith is not about us. So what is faith about? Notice that I am not defining faith yet. All I am just saying is that faith really is about God. The Bible says,
But without faith, it is impossible to please God. – Hebrews 11:6
We can do many good things to others. We can give lots of money to so many things, especially to our church. We are told that such things are acceptable to God. But if we do not have faith, then none of these things are pleasing to God.
Both Cain and Abel brought offerings to God. But the LORD accepted only the offerings of Abel, but the offerings of Cain were rejected. The Biblical scholars and preachers have thousand theories about why the Lord accepted Abel’s sacrifice while rejecting Cain’s, but the Bible itself gives us one reason.
By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain… – Hebrews 11:4. By faith.
In everything we do for the Lord, only when faith is involved in it, it will be pleasing to God and it will be an excellent sacrifice in His eyes. But we are not talking about few spiritual things we do on a Sunday.
Faith has to be the breath of air that sustains our life. Faith is the heartbeat that makes us a living being. For a Christian, faith is the blood that flows through his or her veins.
Think about this. Only with faith, we can be pleasing to God. And if that faith becomes our heartbeat, then our whole life will be pleasing to God. Not just our spiritual life, not only the hours we spend in prayer, but our day-to-day life will become a life that is pleasing to God.
You may be a student. If faith is there, then your studies will become a pleasant odour that the Lord accepts joyfully. Probably you are doing a job or a business. If you have faith, then even the job you do will be pleasing to God. Or, probably you are lonely and at home. Even there, your faith will make your life pleasing to God. Even in the lonely prison, how did Joseph lead a life that was pleasing to God? By faith.
So, it does not matter where you are or what situation you are in. You can live a life that is pleasing to God. Yes, you can make His heart rejoice. For true faith pleases God. Yes, faith is about God. That is why Paul asks to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. Note that he does not say “just be holy.” Just being holy is acceptable to God, but to please Him, we need faith. May our sacrifices be a reasonable service in the eyes of our Lord.