We saw that faith, in its primitive form, is the surety of belief. But Christian faith is not mere belief or hope. It transcends hope. If I really believe, then I must show my faith by my deeds. God willing, I will go into the details of deeds of faith in a later blog. But now, I want to underline just one small thing.
In John 12:42, we see the following:
Still, however, even out of the rulers, many did believe on Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.
Yes, many of the officials had faith in Jesus Christ and they believed in Him. Yet, they were not ready to face the humiliations that may arise because of their faith; they were not ready to carry their crosses for the sake of Christ.
For many, today their faith is just like this. Yet believe in Jesus Christ. Yet they are not ready to suffer for His sake; they are not willing to carry their cross for Jesus. They believe that their faith must bring only victories in their life; whatever they do, they must succeed; their life must be filled with one joyous moment after another. They want to use their faith to this end. Because, John says in the very next verse:
“…for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.” – John 12:43
Today, we seek glory, but from whom? True faith will take both joy and sadness in the same way; true faith will not seek the temporary glory that comes from man who lives today and is forgotten tomorrow, but knows that the sufferings and humiliations we may suffer today will bring eternal glory from God and, in that knowledge, will glory in its tribulations.
So, when things go wrong, when it looks like your faith has failed you, when losses and sufferings abound you, how do you face them? Are you dejected? “Oh, I had faith in God. Then why on earth did He allow this?” Is that the question that arises out of your heart? Dear friend, take heart. Let us come to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Jesus is willing to teach us about true faith, faith that pleases His Father and our Father, so that we please God, through Him.