Living by Faith

There are some times in life when you step beyond the everyday hustle and bustle into the great unknown.

It’s uncomfortable.

While it can be exciting, it’s usually laced with a trace of fear.

And it’s often a one-time thing. We either step out into the great unknown and then either go back to the way things were, or wait for that to become the new normal. We don’t generally upset our world on a regular basis. We don’t like putting ourselves out there… at least I don’t.

Yet, sometimes, stepping out just once is enough.

In Hebrews 11, out of the first three people commended for their faith, two of them just took one step. Abel took a small step. He simply did what he knew was right. Out of faith, he brought God the best of what he had as an offering.

That’s it.

It sounds simple, but it’s much easier for us to be like Cain and just bring God some. To acknowledge Him by keeping the best for ourselves. Or giving to Him out of the excess.

Noah, on the other hand, took a leap. Because of his faith, he became the laughing stock of society to honor God. He built a boat, a monstrous arc, just because God told him to and he had faith that God would do what He said He would do.

Both of these men displayed faith in God. They both honored Him with their faith. But the third one is the one that resonates deep in my soul.

Enoch believed that God existed and earnestly sought Him, and God was pleased.

It doesn’t say that Enoch never messed up. The Bible doesn’t say that he never sinned (Romans 3:23), it just says that he believed in God and sought Him. And that his reward was to never experience death.

And that’s a reward we can share because of Christ.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

John 5:24 (NIV)

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