1 Corinthians 1:8-9
“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” vs. 9
It’s not uncommon for followers of Jesus to have questions about faith. For one thing it seems to ebb and flow with the changing circumstances of life. One day it will be strong and certain and the next, well, it could be nearly gone, and we might even be considering atheism as an option. For some those are disconcerting thoughts, and when those ideas come on the threshold of our culture’s annual Christmas frenzy, the lack of faith can be particularly disturbing. And even when our own faith is strong we worry about the seeming faithlessness of others…particularly when they’re members of our families. It’s not always guaranteed that our children and grandchildren will walk in our own faith footsteps. In these moments of reflection it’s good to be reminded that our own faith is not the most important consideration in the whole scheme of things. As Paul tells the Corinthians, what really counts is that God is faithful…and God’s faithfulness is complete and unconditional. Even when we stop believing in God, God continues to believe in us. God can even produce the fruits of the Spirit in unbelievers! That doesn’t mean that our faith is unimportant…indeed it’s a key to our own serenity and well-being…and we pray that this Advent the Spirit will strengthen our trust and increase our devotion to the Lord Jesus.
Thought for the Day: How robust is my faith these days?