Jesus is not only the author, but also the perfecter of our faith (cf. Heb. 12:1-2). Our faith should come to maturity. An important sign of a Christian’s maturity is that he wants to bring something to God the Father. We all like to receive good things from God, but when we reach maturity, we also want to offer something to Him. This is quite normal. But what do we offer to God the Father? The Bible shows us that we are to learn to offer spiritual sacrifices to the Father through Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 2:5). Have we reached this level of maturity? How much have we been transformed? We are to achieve all this through faith.
Hebrews 11:1 says: “Faith, then, is the realization of what one hopes for, the proof for things one can’t see.” How does this look in our daily lives? In our lives, have all the promises of God already been realized? If everything we read in God’s Word becomes our experience and reality in our very being, that would surely be glorious! For example, we all greatly appreciate the humanity of Jesus. But unfortunately, we only appreciate it and do not live it out in our lives. We often concern ourselves only with doctrine. But in ourselves, the teaching bears no fruit, because it is empty and without substance. We need the reality of God’s Word!
Hebrews 4:2 speaks of mixing the Word of God with faith. For example, when baking bread, kneading the dough is not easy work. You need a lot of strength in your arms – especially if you are kneading it without a machine! The same is true for the spiritual realm. We are to be diligent in blending the Word of God with faith. For this, we must eat the Word, ponder it, meditate on it, handle it, etc. We want to become doers of the Word!
When God says but a word, it will surely come to pass. It is toward this promise of God to which we direct our faith. We want every promise of God brought into reality in our lives. But unfortunately, we are often powerless when it comes to the things of God. We do not know how to tap into this great power. It’s like in a dark room: the electric current is there, but you have to use the light switch to turn on the light! We need to know how to tap into those powerful 220 volts. In the same way, we must learn to exercise our faith to bring God’s Word into reality. Let us learn to activate the living faith of God within us! Then nothing will be impossible for us.