The Value of Faith in a Faithless World
By Rick Warren
“When the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8 NLT)
We live in an increasingly faithless world. It is a secular world of shifting values and growing egocentrism. If Jesus came back today, how many people of faith would he find? And would you be one of them?
The Bible makes it very clear that God is looking for faithful people. In 2 Chronicles 16:9 it says, “For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them” (TLB).
God is seeking faithful people because he wants to bless them. He wants to show his love through his great power. Our faithfulness is the key to unlocking his blessing in our lives.
Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29b NIV). God wants to pour blessings into all areas of your life — your family, career, finances, health, and relationships — but he will do it according to the level of your faith. If you have great faith, you will have great blessing. If you have a little faith, you will receive a little blessing. But if you have no faith, you will not have God’s blessing in your life.
Sadly, faithful people who really trust God and live for Christ day in and day out are often hard to find. The Bible says, “Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!” (Proverbs 20:6 TEV)
When sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, we were all corrupted. None of us do what is right all the time. But faith is the key to victory. The greater our faith, the more victory we will experience in our lives. “Every child of God can defeat the world, and it is our faith that gives us this victory” (1 John 5:4 CEV).
Talk It Over
What may keep you from being a person “who really trusts God and lives for Christ day in and day out”?
What might help you become more faithful?
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