“He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?””—John 9:36 (ESV)
The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther said that we need to hear the gospel every day because we forget it every day. One thing Luther got that all of us miss is where faith comes from.
We do all sorts of things hoping that they will lead us to faith: join humanitarian causes, serve the poor, attend church every Sunday morning, but we forget the one thing does lead us to faith: hearing God speak to us daily.
According to scripture, faith comes when we receive an unmerited seat at the feat of Jesus and hear Him speak Good News to us, but we prefer to stand up and get to work hoping that faith will be the reward for our sweat-dripping hard work.
Faith comes by hearing God speak to us by His word of gospel. Whenever our faith starts to falter, it’s always because we have forgotten the gospel by slipping into our natural tendency to try to make things happen by our own tears, sweat and blood.
Faith is a gift to those who don’t deserve it, not a reward for some sort of remarkable spiritual super heroism.
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”—Romans 10:14 (KJV)
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17 (KJV).
Will you receive God’s word of Truth—the gospel which produces faith?
That is your lifeline, AMEN.