“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11:6
Is it really impossible to please God without faith? Think about the consequences…
- Everyone without true faith is lost
- People who think they have faith, but don’t really believe are lost
- No matter how much good someone does, it doesn’t bring anyone closer to God or save them without faith
- The idea that it is good to have “many different faiths” can’t be right
- We need to all be testing our faith to make sure it is true and pure
- We should be motivated by this to show others the need for true faith
If we all really believed this, what do you think it would look like? First, surely we’d carefully look at ourselves. This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 13:5 is begging us to do: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you are disqualified.” Let’s do it!
Second, we’d take advantage of opportunities to strengthen our faith. If “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Ro 10:17), then every Bible study is a potential vitamin enriched infusion for our faith. Why would we not be present at Bible studies and worship when faith is this important? Let’s do it!
Third, we’d tell others about saving faith. We wouldn’t worry about rejection or hurting their feelings – their soul is at stake! We know it’s impossible for them to please God without faith. They need us to tell them. Let’s do it!