Some people take their faith for granted, thinking it opened them up to Christian beliefs but has no current relevance. However, the writer of Hebrews says that once we are declared righteous through placing our trust in Jesus Christ, we should continue to live by faith and not shrink back.
Living by faith is something learned over time as we see God’s faithfulness in both His Word and our own experiences. Consider the various degrees of faith, as illustrated by the following scriptural examples:
Little faith (Matt. 8:23-27)—Jesus’ disciples focused on a dangerous storm and cried out for help, yet Jesus questioned why they were afraid at all. Little faith struggles to believe that God is bigger than the situation.
Great faith (Matt. 8:5-13)—Though concerned about his servant’s ailment, the centurion recognized Christ’s authority over illness and believed He could do the impossible.
Perfected faith (James 2:20-23)—Abraham was so confident in the Lord that he followed through with a very difficult act of obedience. As a result, his initial faith was made complete and mature.
No matter how long you have been a Christian, God wants you to continually grow in faith. The only way to do that is by knowing and believing His Word.