How different does your life look from those around you in the world? I think it's difficult for us to grasp the extreme nature of the Christian life.
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The thoughts in this video came from Hebrews 11. That chapter poses some challenging examples to us as Christians.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Noah did something extraordinary because he saw the “unseen.” His lifestyle was unique to say the least. It also involved a tremendous amount of hard work. When we see the unseen we will give ourselves fully to tasks that seem illogical to the world around us.
Why would anyone leave their comfortable house to go wander around in a tent for the rest of their life? The Hebrew writer explains by saying, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8-10)
Abraham wasn’t living for this life. It’s easy to become too attached to things, places, and people on earth. Real faith is when we see the temporary nature of this earth and we sacrifice everything in this life so we can enjoy the next.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The ultimate example of faith is Jesus. His death on the cross baffled even his closest friends. The secret was that he’d already read the last chapter. He could taste the joy that would result from his suffering. That’s real faith.
What does that mean for us?
Sometimes we need to step back and ask the question, “How do people in the world perceive my life?” It seems that if we’re walking by faith, then how we use our time, how we spend our money, and where we set our goals, should seem illogical to someone who isn’t seeing the unseen. Christians are not a tweaked or recalibrated version of humanity. We are headed in a completely different direction.
- Philip Williams
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The thoughts in this video came from Jeremiah 13:1-11.