Deepening Our Christian Faith, Embracing Our Christian Life
What are the challenges of faith for every Christian? What does it mean to believe?
God has a purpose. For every unanswered prayer, unending problem, and unwanted change, there is a reason. Always remember that when you are suffering, you are given the sweet chance to embrace God through embracing suffering and deepening your faith.
How do you respond when you can’t feel God’s presence?
As what the Holy Scripture says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).
“… And all these, having gained approval through faith, did not receive what was promised, because God provided something better for us, so that part from us they would not be made perfect,” (Hebrews: 39-40).
So as Christians, you have one important challenge to face, and that is to believe in the Father without doubt and delay. Even if the world seems to be changing out of control, you should be faithfully steadfast—unbreakable and unwavering.
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:16-17)
Jesus Christ and the Christian Faith
The resurrection of the Messiah is said to be the beginning of Christian faith.
Yet before the promised Son of God was born and after His death—as we can read in the Old Testament and before the New Testament was written—the early Christians, prophets, and kings worship and declared their belief in the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the salvation of mankind.
In the history of Christianity, faith has been in the hearts of Christians since time immemorial. And unlike all other religions, the beliefs of Christianity are rooted upon the crucified and resurrected life of Christ.
The Challenges of Christian Faith
Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. (Luke 16:10)
Be these in your school, work, or home, being faithful makes a great difference. Even these are small services, you must learn how to grow like Christ. As faithful servants of Christ, are you willing to serve Him even with small tasks and opportunities?
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
At some point of your life, you may experience a crisis of faith. In that moment, you feel your spiritual life becoming dry and the presence of God the Father fading away. Instead of letting this situation cripple your belief, you should pray. As Pope Francis would tell us, “Prayer helps us to keep faith in God and to entrust ourselves to Him even when we don’t understand his will.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:52)
Repentance is a humble act that leads to true faith. Just like the faith of the leper, you must have the courage to bring yourself to the Divine healer for medication. In which that courage is deeply rooted from your love and faith in God—casting away your self-righteousness and acknowledging your sins.
For as the body without spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26)
Every Christian must be a living testament of good faith. There are hungry children that need to be fed, sick men that needs to be healed, and a lost friend that needs to be guided. Christian faith isn’t all about prayer and passion; real faith takes action.