As we lay our foundation of repentance from dead works we add the mortar that holds our life together with God – faith. Without faith, our foundation of repentance deteriorates back into a stubborn bias or crumbles into a hopeless exercise in trying to change. But, according to Hebrews 11: 1, with faith, we now have the substance for what we hope for. We now have the proof or that which can be tested in time and circumstance to demonstrate what cannot be seen by our eyes – the evidence of God’s amazing grace at work in us.
Faith is the means of exchange through which all of the old things of our lives are replaced with all that God is making new. Without faith, nothing changes. You have your opinion and I have mine. Without faith, God’s will remains unseen and unknown. What’s normal is our own small, defensive state of blindness.
With faith, everything changes. God’s kingdom can come. God’s will can be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are saved from ourselves and all of our sin, by grace through faith. We are made new creations in Christ Jesus.
Yes, let’s trust and follow Jesus, who declares: “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1: 15)