Having the faith that pleases God
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life. Romans 1:16-17
There are certain things in life that in order for a person to gain access to and experience the benefits, it requires that a certain action should be taken. From the text, the Apostle Paul was expounding on the importance of placing one’s faith to Christ to obtain God’s promise of life and salvation. Let’s say you wanted to go inside your house but you did not have your keys to unlock the door or you wanted to get money from your bank account and you cannot remember your password. And how often that we take for granted the importance of things like keys and passwords yet they are important because they help us obtain access to things that will benefit us. As Paul alluded to from the text, the key for you to gain access to God’s offer of righteousness is by having faith in Him. It is faith that begins the relationship with God and it is faith in Him that sustains this relationship. Faith is the act of placing ones confidence to the One who made the promise that in Him you can be forgiven of your sin, He is the one that can give you eternal life, and He will guide you on how to live the life that honors Him. There are more promises God gave and the only way you can claim those promises is by placing your faith in Him. God wants you to trust Him and placing your faith in Him prevents you from getting locked out and not to have the access to what He can provide for you. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Fallible beings like us know how important that someone could hold us trustworthy because of our commitment. If this is true to flawed people like us, all the more this is true of God who promised that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God wants to have a relationship with us. So when you place your trust in Him you are telling yourself and the people around you that you believe in God who is good and faithful. This is about having a loving relationship with God. The more you grow in your relationship with Him and you learn of His character, the more you want to trust Him and please Him by the way you live your life. Take every opportunity you have to trust Him and daily look for ways how you could please Him. “Live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul... “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” (Deuteronomy 10:12, 17).