One of the ways that I work out my faith is to ask myself the same questions that the skeptics ask to see if I can answer them to my satisfaction. In my early adult years, the skeptics were asking, “Is there really a God?” I struggled with this question for decades. In fact, it was just eleven years ago that God settled the debate for me and made it possible for me to take the leap of faith in giving my life to him. Every generation has its own unique questions when it comes to faith and I don’t look at these questions as a challenge to my faith, but as a stepping stone to a deeper understanding of my faith, of my relationship with God and of who he is. Today’s skeptics want to know, “How’s that working for you?!”
But for me, my life proves that faith in Christ is the only way to live. God has redeemed and continues to renew my life through faith. I have not only survived, but with God’s strength and support, have thrived in life. I may not have much in the way of material things, but I have enough. I have a place of my own to call home, I sleep in a bed every night, wake up to a hot shower every morning, food in my cupboards and a working car in the parking lot. I’m in good health, I have a job to go to and friends and family to share my life with. That’s more than most people have. My faith gives me security – the kind of security that only comes from knowing and loving and being loved by the great God of the Universe. There is nothing he can’t do and he will provide all I need. He is my strength, my courage and my inspiration. His will is the plan for my life and his Spirit who is my constant Companion guides, protects, and comforts me. God wants to shower me with his love and will not abandon me. There are no words to describe the intimacy that God and I enjoy and it is a relationship he wants to have with all people.
Corruption and sin can be found in every facet of life. As God’s people, we are supposed to be shining examples of integrity, selflessness, and generosity. We are supposed to be living our lives according to God’s will as we strive to be more Christ-like. So when we sin and our leaders are found to be as corrupt as non-Christians, what are the skeptics to think of our faith? The only answer I have is that no one is righteous (Romans 3:10). That’s why we need a Savior. When we believe, that doesn’t give us a magical pass to never sin again. It gives us a Savior who took our every judgment on himself and who forgives us every time we sin through his act of love for us on the cross. Everyone sins. Only Christians know the One who will take the consequences of our sin upon himself. Whether the skeptics admit it or not, Jesus died for their sins too. That’s what makes my faith work for everyone. May you be blessed in this coming week as we celebrate the Victory of the Death and Resurrection of the Savior of the World.
About the pictures:
Welcome Spring! Pittsburgh, PA (March 2010)