Out of the heart of my young adult daughter, comes her faith in Jesus…
What does it look like to faithfully walk with Jesus?
When one chooses to analyze the depths of that question, a curiosity is bound to arise. The thought of how can a sinful, imperfect, person have a relationship with the most loving, compassionate, and perfect person to ever walk the earth? Lately, this question has led to my assurance to be accepted by Christ is to be loved in inconceivable ways.
The closeness between Jesus and us can be likened to the bond in one’s earthly relationships. In a relationship, a man and a woman take time to understand the soul of their significant other. Both encourage one another, press on through the uncertainties, develop trust and honesty, and learn to value the other person. And yet, how is it possible to take two differing individuals and form such a bond of love? Through faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, the Word says “For we live by faith, not by sight” (NIV). Now look at this scripture closely, what is the consequential action at play: to live. Understanding how to have faith is the key to living the purposeful life God intended for Christians to have. Additionally, faith is the key to reciprocating Christ’s pursuit after us in our relationship with him.
To have faith is not just to believe but is an act of persistent refining. Meaning, in order for one to achieve anything that is good, they must work hard and go through a series of work to be successful. Ergo, one’s faith must undergo tests! God in his care and compassion for us allow each of our faiths to undergo tests throughout life. If one endures the test, their faith is made stronger. Currently, my faith is being tested through the different activities in my personal life. This season of my life has been the most my faith is being made stronger. Now, in my weakness and stress I could complain. I could quit. I could crumble and just say “God, I love you, but I don’t think I can press through this!” And yet, it’s in those quiet thoughts where He bore this message of learning to have endless faith in him. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV). In this scripture, God conveys to us the result of faith: to have the confidence to believe in his power. To have confidence in Christ (as my mother has taught me), is the ability to have effective faith in the promises of God. When you are going through a tough time, and the feeling of drowning seems imminent, it is the belief that God will see you through that will cause you to journey onward. It’s the belief in him that instills the bond of love between you and your savior, Jesus Christ. He wants the very best for your life and to learn to depend on him to fight your battles. When you allow your faith to grow in Jesus, you can step back and say the words of second Timothy in chapter four verse seven: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (NIV). Press on through your faith in God, and he will never cease to see you through.
Adriana Shaw. A 20-something, Jesus-loving, college student majoring in nuclear medicine. She enjoys expressive writing, singing in worship to the Lord and hanging out with friends. Adriana has a heart to help other young women and men to see their potential in God. She is also the youngest daughter of Lisa Shaw.