Faith Righteousness

We are declared innocent and forgiven of all of our sins simply based on our identification with and our appropriation of Jesus’s substitutionary death on the cross in our place. We allow that he died in our place, knowing that the punishment that he bore was actually meant for us.  We may know this, but maybe we can never know it too well.  Maybe this truth can never become too dear in our hearts or too clear in our minds.  For our default beliefs are that we have to earn everything that we get in life, that life is cruel, and that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”

Our faith in Christ does the same thing for Our Heavenly Father’s heart that a child’s faith in his earthly parents does for the parents’ hearts.  There is nothing more valuable in a parent’s eyes than the faith of their child, for they have the foresight to know that the child’s faith in them is going to be vital in the well being and maturation of their beloved child.  Likewise, our faith in Christ thrills our Heavenly Father’s heart for he knows that it means a lifetime of blessing and an eternity of unspeakable bliss for the believer.

Faith is even the unspoken language of good business.  People like to do business with those whom they can trust.  Faith is the lifeblood of all healthy relationships, for without a fundamental trust in one’s friends, communication becomes strained and fragile.  It is written: “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.”  

Faith in God is a gift from God that he eagerly waits for us, his children, to discover and then willingly activate by our heartfelt surrender to his loving heart.

— Brad Heilhecker