What does faith really look like? Is there a way to pinpoint it with any accuracy? The image here is offensive to some, but represents the saving power of God to others. Paul the Apostle wrote, “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” [1 Corinthians 1:18] Faith then, is an action on our part, evidenced by the resulting transformed life of the true Christ-follower, by the power of God. What does that even mean?
This silhouette of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary captures for us in black and white, the sacrifice of our Lord, paying the penalty for our sin, offering each of us the grace of forgiveness and eternal life. When we accept this reality, stepping over the line of faith into Jesus, His own Holy Spirit is implanted in us. Then, day by day, as the power of this saving love begins to shape our lives, the more we obey His words, keep His commands, trust the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us, provide for us, we become… more and more like Jesus. Paul also wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” [Galatians 2:20] In this way, faith is not a once-and-done action. No, faith is a step, followed by another step, followed by another step… of faith. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” [Colossians 2:6] Well, how did you receive Christ? [by faith] Then we are to walk [live]… by faith!
So what happens over time, when we walk in faith, step by step, continuing to yield more of our lives to the Holy Spirit’s control? The proof is in the pudding, right? It’s not about judging someone else, or suggesting some Christians are more “Christian” than others, right? It really is about self-examination, and it’s about understanding a way to tell if I’m really experiencing the transformed life, that should naturally occur (by God’s supernatural power) if I am in Jesus. So put yourself to the test… Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” The fruits listed here are the RESULTS of a transformed life. If you could paint a silhouette of what this looks like, it would look very much like the image above… The Cross of Jesus.
So tell me… what would the silhouette of your life resemble?