Yesterday, during the twice monthly phone discipleship meeting that Kristy and I have with our mentor, we discussed the meaning of faith. When we boiled it down, we discovered that faith essentially is a mechanism that receives—a conduit, or feeding tube, of sorts through which the riches of God’s grace in the gospel flow to us who believe. Faith is a posture of helplessness and need. It is a confidence that what God promises in the Gospel is true for me. I am forgiven and have no need to make up for my sins. I am declared righteous and have no need to impress anyone. I am a beloved son and have a sovereign, wise, and good Father who loves me dearly and is devoted to my good. I possess the indwelling Holy Spirit, who enables me to do what I could never do in the flesh- things like confess my sins freely and quickly, forgive others gladly and fully, tell the truth when it costs me, listen to someone’s pain and really care. The experience of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control… Stuff like that.
So to live by faith is to live by receiving grace upon grace, day by day, moment by moment. Grace that secures us forever and empowers us today. And I think it helps to be reminded that there is an endless supply to the riches of grace… therefore we should never receive sparingly!
Isaiah 55:1 is the LORD’s invitation to feast on the promises of grace in the gospel as if we’ve been though a famine. He says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” AND, PLEASE, WHEN YOU EAT and DRINK, DON’T JUST SIP and NIBBLE. God is the host of the banquet, and bids us to glorify His name as the Great Giver as we feast and believe.