Faith is not so simple as saying “I believe.” It is the requisite first step to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our faith is built in and upon the “I believes”: I believe in the virgin birth, in the teachings of Jesus, in His death and resurrection, and in the promise of eternal life.
But one cannot stop at this point of belief. If one does, life is hard. Belief will only get you so far. It is the first step in the relationship, but one must see inward change as well. It is possible to say ‘I believe’ and to go on living a life of sin. Belief is like entering the cocoon. The transformation comes once inward change begins. To facilitate this change, it is necessary to invite the Holy Spirit to live within us. Once we do this and experience the daily presence of Jesus Christ through the indwelling of the Spirit, then our life is forever changed.
The Holy Spirit then begins to work on that inward change. In a short time the Spirit’s inner workings lead to outward expressions of God’s love. Life more and more becomes about sharing the love of God with all that we meet. No barrier holds us back or stands in our way. The love of God conquers all. Our transformation to a new creation draws nearer.
As we share the love of God with others, Christ comes to be more and more a part of who we are. In time, He is our all in all. n time our life becomes a living testament to His great love.
Scripture reference: 1 John 3: 21-24