1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

As we draw to the end of another chapter in the Bible, Paul encourages the Corinthian church and us through these 5 simple statements focussed on faith. As humans, we operate with our 5 senses. Anything outside this paradigm is nonsense and therefore unacceptable. Faith is is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb. 11:1). Faith is something most people brush away or even laugh at but it exists, much like gravity does. Paul writes to us to stand firm in our faith because he realizes that if our faith is not based on the foundation of Christ, we can easily drift away just like the seeds that fell on the rocky soil.

My faith walk has been a bumpy one and I praise God for it. I realize that as I continue to walk with the Lord, my sinful self is wearing away but very slowly because the Lord is weeding things out by helping me realize my mistakes and then cleansing me of them. It’s not an instantaneous transformation but a lifetime of change and I appreciate it more because it keeps me seeking Him more and more. When I first accepted the Lord, I was an infant (spiritually) and today I feel like a 10 year old and like a dear friend reminded me yesterday, what is our faith if we are not constantly questioning, seeking, answering and experiencing God in reality. Our faith is not a set of actions that results in satisfying God but it is a relationship that takes a lifetime to learn from and helps us enjoy eternity with God transformed in His image.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I am happy at reading this post, and I love the way you compare faith to gravity, not something seen or felt, but it exists all the same. You are a very good Servant of Christ in the encouragements you write, and I am thankful for the word you write. God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Thank you again for your encouragement to me. It’s funny how I consider you a dear brother in Christ and how God uses each of us to sharpen the other spiritually. I look forward to your posts and I just praise God for how He works through us unworthy to bring out wisdom so unlike us.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. Eden says:

    ” Our faith is not a set of actions that results in satisfying God but it is a relationship that takes a lifetime to learn from and helps us enjoy eternity with God transformed in His image.”

    Amen! Very well said Vineet. Blessings,

    Eden

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you Eden! Coming from a background where the focus was good works, I have to keep telling myself that it’s not works that counts but faith and the relationship is what God wants first while the works are an outpouring of his holy spirit working in us.
      Vineet

  3. Amen. I love those words…faith not as a set of actions but relationship. Isn’t this what we are looking for even in our marriage partners, or family or friends. Its not just about doing…but being present in the doing. Thank you Vineet, for this powerful devotion.

    God bless you.

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      Thank you for bringing in the perspective of all our relationships and I agree with you wholeheartedly. My wife keeps saying she would like more of me and I now understand that it’s this relationship that she refers to 😉
      Vineet

  4. Rani John says:

    Vineet,

    Faith very well described Vineet…Our relationship with God is a process…an ongoing process…Every minute, every day , we try to know more about Him and we grow in Him. The other day, I believed a negative report without looking beyond what I see…God spoke to me “Where is your faith?…where is that faith you write about? Faith beyond sight…beyond hopes..faith beyond all negative reports?” Once again I understood that my faith has not reached His expectation. Growing in Him…being more like Him…all this needs constant effort from our side…and the day we stop working on that relationship..we stop growing.

    Thank you Vineet
    God Bless,

    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani,
      Recently in a conversation with a non-believing friend, I was asked how we are guided by God and I love the way you describe your conversation with God which is without any effort. Thank you for your kind comments and like you, I am journeying this relationship, although still at the bottom of the mountain, and enjoy seeking His face every moment. I often feel bad about my lack of faith and God continues to comfort and support me so that I will not lose steam and when I reflect back on my life, I can see how beautifully God has steered me from sin to newness of life. Praise Him!!!
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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