In order to believe, we must have faith in what we hope for and allow Him to make a home in our heart. When we are baptized, we are laying hold of our hope, declaring our faith before the Father, friends and family, and allowing His Spirit to continue to cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness. It is written that those who do not believe, will be condemned. Such condemnation, will result in eternal separation from He who offers our redemption.
Faith is not something we simply muster, rather it is something that grows and is firmly established as we earnestly seek Him. As we do, our faith is firmly formed. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1. Though we do not yet see God in all His glory, He provides plenty of glimpses all around us through all that He has made. For it is through each of us, created in His own image, that those who do not yet know Him are provided opportunity to hear Him calling through the words and deeds that our hearts and hands extend to each. What we say and do has eternal significance. We are either being the sweet scent of salvation, or we are emitting the stench of eternal suffering.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not require countless rules and rituals to reach redemption. Rather, You ask that we believe and be baptized, so that we may receive all that You have for us. Please forgive us for our attitudes and actions that have been anything other than a sweet scent unto You. Lead us to love with our lives, so that others too, might find faith in You. Teach us to trust Your goodness and grace, so that we may extend the same to all whom we encounter. Let lives be changed and hearts be moved, so that all may know of Your majesty. Amen.