Sunday, February 11, 2018

FAITH THAT COUNTS


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Hebrews 11:6 (NET)
Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ebuka’s parents were too busy quarreling and fighting that they never really cared much for him. When they divorced, each one wanted custody of him just as an extra way to spite the other. His mother won the legal battle and got custody, but she soon had to dump him in boarding school because the man whom she wanted to remarry did not want him. She literally abandoned him there and no one paid his fees. His father was too busy womanizing and clubbing to care. Ebuka grew up feeling unwanted. But he did very well in school and got scholarships that helped him finish. He later became a very successful doctor.

Many years had passed and his parents were now old and poor. None of them had any other children and they now needed care in different ways. Ebuka was now a believer in Christ and because of this, he forgave his parents. The reason he forgave, honored and took care of them was because he feared the Lord and obeyed His word (Eph 6:2). This is what it means to have faith in God.

I used to wonder how can one come to God without first believing that He exists. I now realize that many people can say that they believe in God, but it is their actions that will prove if they truly believe in God. Faith without works is dead.

Go into today remembering that no one comes to God except through [faith in] the Lord Jesus (see John 14:6). Anyone who truly comes to God will love and obey Him. The faith that counts before God is one that produces obedience to Him (Heb 11:8).
-Pastor SD Abraham

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