In his discussion of what faith in the Christian life is all about, the writer throws us three examples of how faith works, and what it does. Let’s take a look at these three and see what they can tell us.
- Able had faith in God, and this moved him to offer the kind of sacrifice to God that was acceptable and pleasing to Him. He did not offer any old sacrifice, but the kind that God was looking for.
- Enoch had faith in God and thus, ended up living the kind of life that pleased God. He did not live any old kind of life, but the kind of life that faith produces.
- Noah had faith in God, and was moved to obey God’s command to build the ark.
The lesson seems to be that, if you believe in God, you will believe what God says about life and you will embrace that truth by living it out in our day to day existence. This is what the New Testament calls the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5), believing that what Jesus says is true, and surrendering yourself to that. Able, Enoch, and Noah believed what God had said and they lived it out in their daily actions. And thus, they became “pleasing to God”. True faith leads into this beautiful kind of life.
What do you think the world would look like if everyone lived in this way? What a beautiful world it would be! Starting with our own, personal world, and with ourself, is the best place to begin to make the world a beautiful place where we live out faith in Jesus!