Slightly Obsessed #201: A Portrait of Faith: Thirsty by Pamela Thorson on 2017-11-01 09:30:38
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Ask a Christian what the word “faith” means, and you’re likely to hear a quote from the Bible. Most of us know at least part of the King James version of Hebrews 11:1, which tells us that faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
In a court of law, a conviction or acquittal is based upon how convincing the evidence is that is brought before the jury. The Bible assures us that our faith is the evidence of an unseen world and its promises. But faith itself has an ethereal quality about it, and we often simply equate it with the idea of believing. But faith is not just belief. It is the expression of our belief before God and man. In James 2:17, we learn that faith without works is dead.
So then, what does faith look like? Let’s find out together. In the next few weeks, we’ll examine some qualities that paint the portrait of a believer. Since taking that first step toward God often comes out of a place of emptiness, this might be our first piece of evidence:
1. A thirst for righteousness.
In the beatitudes given to us by the Lord Jesus on the mountain, He called those “blessed” (happy, fortunate, blissful) who hunger and thirst for righteousness. It is that deep craving for a relationship with God that drives us to the well that both cleanses and fills us. The search to know Him should be relentless and lifelong and revealed in what we think, say, and do.
This search will put us in direct opposition to the societal “norms” imposed today:
The pressure to fit in by dressing and talking like those we want to impress
(This isn’t necessarily bad; it depends on who we hang around with).
The relaxation of sexual inhibitions and mocking of those who choose to remain pure.
The assault on our values though today’s movies, television, social media, and music.
Choosing to run after God forces us to make choices that will be noticed by others, for better or for worse. Our decisions put our faith on display, revealing the unseen to the unseeing. We may lose friends, family members, and more in the process. The first lesson we learn, then, is that faith is not without cost. But the gain far outweighs the price of discipleship.
“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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