…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
- Hebrews 10:22-23
“Faith is not born at the negotiating table where we barter our gifts in exchange for God’s goodness. Faith is not an award given to the most learned. It’s not a prize given to the most disciplined. It’s not a title bequeathed to the most religious.
“Faith is a desperate dive out of the sinking boat of human effort and a prayer that God will be there to pull us out of the water. The Apostle Paul wrote about this kind of faith.
“’You have been saved by Grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your efforts, so you cannot brag about it.’ (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“The supreme force in God’s creation is grace.”
- Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm
What is Grace? A gift from God.
What is Faith? A gift from God.
We cannot manufacture either Grace or Faith. They are both part of God’s creation.
Some may say ‘Wait a minute. I chose to have faith.’ But God instilled that desire within us, as well as that need to take that step out into oblivion, as Max Lucado says, off a sinking ship.
The odd thing is that most of us do not have a clue that the ship is sinking. We think, ‘Oh, I’m fine. If the water gets any higher, I know how to tread water.’ I certainly treaded water for a while.
And why all this drama in the first place? God wanted us to love Him, to freely choose to love and obey Him. In as much, He gave us everything we needed.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.