August 11 –
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16;
All people live by faith in what they cannot prove. They live with an assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Even the most rationalistic and scientific of us have assumptions that they take for granted. They may not even be consciously aware of them, but they live and work on the basis that they are true. For example, the whole concern with human rights is based on the assumption that there are inalienable rights that all people possess. This faith is never just theoretical or something held in the head. It is expressed in action. It shows itself in the way a person lives or what a person does. It is noticeable that with all the examples of faith listed in Hebrews 11 it is by what they did that their faith is made evident. Their faith in God was demonstrated by how they lived or what they did. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all look back to Abraham (or Ibrahim) as the great example in this. His faith is demonstrated in the biblical tradition in many ways but above all by leaving his homeland and venturing off into the unknown at God’s prompting. Our faith in God too is made real by the way we live. It is by faith that we understand God as Creator; it is by faith that we go beyond mere belief and live as responsible members of God’s creation. It is by faith that we go beyond believing in God as the integrating, renewing, creative power present and active in all existence to actually living under God’s integrating, renewing and creative influence. It is by faith that we go beyond the mere belief that Jesus is the Saviour of the world to living daily by faith in Jesus as the Saviour of the world. It is by faith that we do more than understand that God has given the gift of his Spirit to the church, it is as we worship, work and witness under the inspiration by God’s Spirit that we demonstrate our faith.
- Family life is built on certain assumptions: what are they?
- How should we live as responsible members of God’s creation?
- Give examples of faith in action.
- What is the difference between believing that Jesus is Saviour and living by faith in Jesus as Saviour?