What is Faith? Part 5
When we first place our faith in Christ, most of us don’t understand that all of our affections will be altered. When we fall in love with Jesus, our attachment to the enticements of this world weakens. In choosing Christ in response to his wooing, we are choosing to be strangers and aliens here.
The discontent we feel over the state of things, the gnawing sense that all is upside down, the sadness as the social structures of the world continue to fall apart, the sense of not belonging here, of yearning for home – all of this is evidence of our attachment to Christ.
Like Abraham, we leave our former life, not knowing where we’re going. We come to realize that we have a part to play in moving forward God’s plan for eternity, and we want to step into our role, use our gifts, and contribute by helping others to see Christ.
But nothing surprises us anymore. Awareness of the depravity in our own hearts enlightens us to the inevitability of chaos all around us. Everyone is just like us. All are broken. Without Christ, generation after generation, humanity always slides into a deep and decadent hole.
This never feels like home, because it isn’t. We’re strangers in a foreign land, always surprised by the local customs and mores. Love for Christ alters our priorities. We begin to adopt his values.
These become more important to us than worldly comforts: prisoners, wounded people, injustice, human trafficking, orphans/foster care kids, and poverty. People and their deepest needs take precedence. The believers in Hebrews 11 begin to make sense.
Every day we experience the longing to see Christ face to face. We want him to return and fix this mess, because it needs his fixing. We live in tents, longing for God’s city.
By faith Abraham made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:9-10.
Does this yearning fill your heart?
Jesus’ indestructible life gives us a better hope, a hope in the kingdom of God here on earth and in his future coming. Then all will be made new. His kingdom is our homeland now and will be in the future. We reside there.
Are your eyes fixed on the city whose architect and builder is God?
How have Jesus’ values altered your life?