“For without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach Him must believe that he exists, and He rewards those who seek Him” (Heb. 11:6)
Understand: Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Faith is the foundation of salvation. But what seals your salvation, what guarantees it: grace or works?
Paul states, “It is by grace that we are saved, not by works, lest anyone should boast.” (Rom. 11:6)
That last bit is crucial: “lest anyone should boast.“
It is not by our doing that we are saved – it is solely God’s.
But James declares, “Faith without works is dead.” (Jms. 2:26)
Indeed, anyone who claims to have faith, yet doesn’t live like it… may not actually have the faith they profess.
Or they may very well have tremendous faith – but not necessarily in the right regards.
“Some trust in chariots, others trust in horses, but I put my trust in the Lord God Almighty.” (Ps. 20:7)
Some people have faith that God exists, but they do not put their trust in Him.
Others have faith in faith itself – as in, if you believe in something strongly enough, it will come true.
While there are myriad benefits to positive thinking and believing in yourself to succeed, faith itself should not be misplaced or taken lightly.
In the grand scheme of things, we’re not talking about your personal achievements.
We’re talking about your eternal destination.
It is by grace that you are saved – through faith – not by works.
But without works, is your faith even real?
Works are the manifestation of faith – the proof that you believe what you claim to believe.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Without faith, it is impossible to receive grace.
Without grace, it is impossible to be saved.
Thank God that we are saved by grace, and that the main requirement is just a little faith.
At the end of the day, you don’t need a great faith in God… but simply faith… in a great God.