Faith is our first response to God. We place our trust in Christ by faith and faith alone. We cannot depend on our abilities. We must depend on His abilities. If the world-renowned evangelist, Billy Graham, depended on his own good works to be in right standing with God, he’d never make it, because God’s standard is perfection. You see, even a great man of God like Billy Graham has not been perfect. No one is perfect except Jesus Christ.
Our efforts to “try harder” at being a better student, a better spouse, or a stronger Christian witness can never gain for us more acceptance from God. Placing our faith in God is the only way to please Him. We place our faith in the living God and serve Him for one reason, because He is God. He is worthy of our praise and our complete allegiance.
Since we have embraced Christ by faith, we must hold fast and not be sidetracked. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and put our faith in Him, we find that our lives are no longer filled solely with our own thoughts and desires, as our lives had been before we came to Christ. Things have changed! Christ is now actually living in us. Galatians 2:20 says…Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Why is this so important? Because when we realize that Christ lives in us, we begin to see life from a different perspective. We see it as it really is. Christ lives in us! And the same Holy Spirit that dwelt in Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, that gave Him the power to live a supernatural life, is also in you and me enabling us to live a supernatural life.