In my last post, I talked about receiving God’s righteousness by faith and then walking it out as a sign of a changed life. That’s an important concept for us to understand. So many believers try to serve God by their own good works.
Hopefully, by this point in the book of Romans, you know the fallacy of this kind of spiritual journey. We must trust the Lord to impart His righteousness to us.
But there’s another problem many face on the other side of the road. They trust God to make them righteous, but then they begin to struggle to make themselves better. We have to realize that faith is not a one-time thing. It’s a way of living.
I want to take us back to the verse we left off with in my last post.
And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
We need to really follow the example of Abraham. His life is a pattern for how we should serve God even in our generation.
The word, footsteps, in this passage actually means a path that was created by many people walking the same way over time.
Abraham wasn’t the only one to ever walk this way before God. Over and over again there were men and women who followed the same path of faith that Abraham used.
God is not a respecter of persons. He doesn’t ask everybody to do something different. He requires the same from all of us – faith. We must learn to trust God in all things, just like Abraham had to. Each new generation of believers can see where others have walked before.
Sure, the technology changes. We use new words and have new concerns to deal with. But our God doesn’t change.
The same God, who took care of Abraham in the wilderness, is the God who will see us through the challenges of the times we live in. Only He knows the end from the beginning and can safely take us through to an abundant life.
Think about it! This path of faith that we’re walking is the same path that Abraham trod thousands of years ago. Over time, with each new believer adding their steps, the path has become clearer and clearer. It led them to see the glory of God and it will take us to the same location.
It’s very unfortunate that so many believers don’t look at the path in that way. They think it’s too narrow and constrictive. They want to see more than just the view from this trail.
We must keep reminding ourselves that this path is the one that can truly lead us to the abundant life. If it brought Abraham there, then with God’s help, I can reach that destination as well.
By exercising my faith towards the Lord, I can see lasting change in my life. It may not come about as quickly as I would like, but it’s there none the less.
As I said previously, faith is not a one-time thing. It is a continual walk of trust in God’s ability to bring you to that place of maturity and victory in Him. We just need to keep holding on to His Word.
Question: What changes are you trusting God for right now?
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