It’s not the desire of anyone to be left in the dark, although many of us are currently living in darkness, and so like Jesus it’s important we ask what do we mean when we say we believe in God? Peter’s reply to Jesus’s question as to who he was, was that “Jesus was the son of the living God” but shortly thereafter turned to rebuke Jesus for saying he would die for the sins of the world. And as we look inside the house of the Christian community, we often hear both Christian and none-Christian say they believe in God.
But based on how we live our lives, it begs we ask the question “What do we mean when we say we believe in God? It also begs we ask the question “Do we understand what it means to believe? And if we are not sure what it means to believe, it’s important we take a good look at the truth of what it means to believe because it’s important we come to the knowledge of faith because of our role in the future of God’s kingdom.
God has called each Christian to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom throughout the world, and as believers it’s imperative we understand how vital it is for us to know what it means to believe; otherwise, we’ll never move toward carrying out the call on our lives as commanded by the God of heaven.
As part of our mission, Jesus told us we are to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils.” And in Mark it is said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
But if we do not understand what it means to believe, how impossible will it be for us to accomplish any of the things Jesus calls on us to do? This is something we need to consider and investigate in our hearts because the things Jesus calls on us to do will require faith in God and a change of mind that we might live according to our new creation in Jesus Christ.
It’s fear enough for us to say, we understand Jesus came into the world to die for it, and that he rose from the grave to redeem us from its power, proving he was indeed the Messiah we have been waiting for. But now that he has commanded us to go and proclaim this truth, do we now possess the faith required to fulfill the responsibilities placed on our lives?
Many will say they do, but the focus is not on the mission of proclaiming the gospel, the fruit of our lives are evidence of this reality, and this is because our faith is only good enough for us to hold on to the promise of salvation while we selfishly watch the world perish.