We are all people of faith. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. That sentence is found in the Bible in the book of Hebrews, chapter eleven, verse one. Maybe you don’t care about the Bible or just aren’t familiar with this verse or the concept of faith, spiritually speaking. But again, we are all people of faith. Probably all of us have driven or ridden across a bridge in our lifetime. We don’t stop to inspect each one before crossing. We don’t know the engineer, the contractor or the workers who built the structure. We, by faith, cross over, trusting it will hold us up–never giving it a second thought. We drive 70 on the interstate without any concern, because we have brakes. We believe they will work anytime we need to stop. We may not even understand how they work and likely have never met the one who designed or installed them. But we have faith in the fact that they will stop us when we need them to– and that keeps us on the road.
I, Pam, grew up in a loving, Christ-centered home and was always at church, literally, every time the doors were opened. At the age of nine, a teacher coerced me into “praying the prayer”. Thinking I was a Christian, for the next twenty-one years, I tried to do all the right things. But at the age of 30, I realized that I had only gone through the motions and nothing had really changed. That early spring night, for the first time, I trusted in the finished work of Christ. It was not by any good works on my part, but His great love and forgiveness, as I repented of my sin and surrendered my life to Him. The Christian life is an everyday dying to self, in order to experience Christ’s everyday living in us.