We often speak of faith, usually we are talking about whether we have it or not, but today I’d like to spend a couple of minutes on what the result of faith in Jesus Christ is.
First, here’s what it isn’t…
It isn’t the way to join a social club.
It isn’t an “easy button” for life.
It isn’t a substitute for work nor is it a quick pot of gold.
It isn’t some weird cult of crazies and kooks.
It doesn’t mean that you can behave badly.
It isn’t just a book of rules.
Here’s what the result of faith in Jesus Christ is:
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Notice that Paul speaks in the present tense: “You are all…” There doesn’t appear to be a ‘some day’ here; you are all sons of God now. We are clothed with Christ, as opposed to being ‘clothed’ by this world. We are the representatives or ambassadors for Christ: now. As sons of God we have the forgiveness of our sins and the hope (certainty) of eternal life. We are not divided by ethnicity, social position, wealth, sex or in any other way that the people of this world are divided; we are one in Him.
If you stop and consider all that we have gained in Christ, it is very difficult to go on living the old way; it just doesn’t make sense! Can we have the old standards? Can we still do the things we used to do? Can we just remain in our sin?
I understand that we all struggle in these areas from time to time, but as we grow in our faith, that is to say in our relationship with Jesus Christ, our attitudes and standards of conduct and behavior will inevitably grow too. Thus, we will behave better than before, not because someone has handed us a book of rules, but because God’s ways will be written within our hearts.
Yes, the results of faith are profound indeed, and as we grow in faith, so will our good deeds, and this is what a Christian life is all about.