Do you? Would you make that statement your own: “I need more faith.” What if we changed it a bit? “I need something I can believe in.” “I need something that won’t disappoint me.” “I need something in which I can place my trust, my confidence, and my faith.” Do the statements resonate more then?
Those things can be hard to find. How many of us are rapidly losing faith in our elected officials as the government has come to a screeching halt? How many have lost faith in our judicial system over the years? Have you ever lost faith in a business partner, colleague, or even a member of your own family? Faith can certainly be hard to come by, and we haven’t even talked about that idea of faith in religion, in church, or faith in Jesus.
So what about that kind of faith? Even the Bible’s description of faith is a little hard to swallow: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) I’m supposed to be sure about a hope? I’m supposed to be certain about something I can’t see? That sounds like a daunting task, but this faith is built on a solid foundation. Just about every time the Beautiful Savior family gathers for worship, we join together to state our faith. We usually use Creeds – “I believe…” statements. The key truths of the Christian faith are very briefly and yet adequately summarized in those statements. The foundation of this faith is Jesus and what he has done for us. That’s the important aspect about faith: knowing the truth about the true God and the Savior he has given us. Here is part of one of those statements:
I believe in Jesus Christ, [God’s] only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Yes, it’s a lot to believe, but there is a huge comfort about this faith. You don’t have to come up with it all on your own. It’s a gift from God: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Sometimes you might have a problem with the strength of your faith. Sometimes you might struggle. We’ve lost faith in so many things, how can we keep faith in Jesus? Then, it’s important to make the request that a greatly distressed father made to Jesus with regard to his son’s great need and his own weakness of faith: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 – Read the whole story.)
The most important thing to remember about faith is that it derives all of its strength from that rock-solid foundation. A famous preacher once said, “It is not your hold on Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not even your faith in Christ that saves you, though that be the instrument. It is Christ’s blood and merit.”
Are you looking for something you can really have faith in? Have faith in Jesus, who loves you, who has saved you, who will never let you go.