Imagine a faith – a life – that when trouble comes, it not only survives but it thrives. You don’t just ‘get by’, but you get by with hope, with courage, with peace, and with joy. That’s the faith depicted in the letter to the Philippians, and in this series, we’re exploring what you “Need to Know” to have that kind of faith.
Peace. Peace that we can’t understand. Peace that lasts through any circumstance. Peace that ends our every war. Sounds pretty good. I know I could use that. How about you?
Faith can be tough stuff, because faith always traverses the frontier where light meets dark. It’s too tough a road to go it alone, and in fact, we can’t. We shouldn’t even try, because you don’t have to. We are here for you. And you’re here for us too.
Some of us revel in our yesterdays. Some of us would rather forget. And some of us can’t. But all of us need to know yesterday’s importance so that we can set out towards tomorrow today.
Sometimes we mistakenly think that other people should grow our faith for us, but they can’t. They can’t for the same reason they can’t train for the marathon for us. It’s our race to run. It’s our faith to work out. And it’s God’s pleasure to work in us.
Christian faith is faith in Jesus. So that means that you need to know him. Jesus, as he really is. Jesus, maybe, as you never knew him. Jesus, who never stops surprising us.
For all of our lives, we’ve been taught what to think. The best of our teachers, parents, and leaders will teach us how to think. What Jesus wants is for us to think again: to think like him, to become like him, to love like him.
It’s a lot easier to get there if you know that you’ll make it, and Philippians 1 promises you that you will. That’s faith. The question is, how do we know it - and how do live like it's true?