And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
A Living Faith
What would your friends say about your faith in God? Would they see you going through persecutions and trials in life and yet your faith remains strong? If our faith is tested by fiery trials and we endure, our faith will give God honor and glory (1 Pet 1:7-8). If we suffer great losses in life that devastate most people, and yet our faith remains firm in a God we’ve never seen, then that is an active, living faith that your friends and family will see is genuine. A faith that is active can be observed by others because when we experience great suffering, loss and even persecutions and yet remain firm in our trust in God, that type of faith passes the eye test for even those who do not believe.
A Working Faith
Our faith is only as strong as the Object of our Faith so when we have faith that everything will work out for the best (Rom 8:28), regardless of how bad it looks at the moment, then others can know that our faith in God is not just a hope-so but a know-so faith. It will be shown to be faith that gives evidence of things that family and friends cannot see and yet your assurance that God is still on the throne of your life is rock solid (Heb 11:1). Perhaps our family and friends can see that we have no doubts about God existence even if He is invisible to the naked eye (Heb 11:2) and that we can look with certainty at the creation and know there is a God no matter what anyone says (Psalm 19:1; Rom 1:20).
A Sharing Faith
One of the most difficult things we will ever do is to share our faith with our lost friends and family members. Sharing the gospel with these people in our lives is the riskiest of all because we might create a rift between family and friends. Even more specifically, sharing our faith with our family is one of the hardest things that we can ever do because if our own family rejects us for our living hope and faith in Christ, then we have a lot more to lose but Jesus set the bar very high for us and wants us to have our greatest devotion for Him and to put Him above our family or friends and even our parents (Matt 10:37). Isn’t it worth the risk to possibly save someone’s soul? It is a risk but it’s a risk we ought to be willing to take and if our family and friends know we’re saved but we never talk about Christ, do they see it as an active faith? If you were dragged into court, would your friends and family have enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian?
A Closing Prayer
Heavenly Father, please help me find the right words to express the faith I have in Christ so that my family and friends might know Him and for the Holy Spirit to be allowed to work in me so that they will see that my faith is an active, real, genuine faith in You and in Jesus’ name I pray.
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