“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? That is faith. Faith is beyond believing that you will get something when you don’t have it. The actual definition of faith is anything you do that reflects your hope. No one can see your hope in Christ. When you believed in Jesus, no one could physically see the state of your heart and know what went on there.
But faith cannot be hidden. The writer of Hebrews did not seem to think so. When he mentions the heroes of faith, he points to their actions. Although they were saved not by their actions, but by what they believed, their faith was made obvious by their actions.
Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. Noah built an ark. Abraham sojourned into a land that God would show him. Rahab hid the spies. Moses forsook Egypt. The list goes on and on.
Christianity is a miracle of changed desires. If you are truly saved, you must bear fruit consistent with righteousness. You will not perfect your walk of sanctification in one day, but the change must be obvious. If it isn’t, then you have a lot of growing to do. You’re equipped by the Spirit of God on your inside to live a life consistent with your faith, so stop making excuses for yourself and grow.
SAY THIS: I put my faith to work. Every day, I live a life that is consistent with God’s word. I grow!