“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Faith in Common

(Please read Mark 16:15-16 )

December 22

When it comes to faith in God, his people share many things. We share a common gospel, the “good news” of Jesus Christ. The heart of this message is “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV). Paul considered the gospel inviolate, so much so that he wrote to the Galatian Christians, “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned” (1:5). If we believe in God, we must believe the good news of Christ Jesus.

Our response to the gospel is another thing we have in common, as indicated in our text. Faith is the foundation, followed by obedience to the Lord’s commands. Then we have a common way of life. When we move to a new locality and visit a place of worship, we expect to find people who love the Lord and serve him in their lives. There we and they immediately know much about one another because we know the manner of life prescribed by our mutual Lord.

Christians everywhere also share the same hope. We look forward to an eternity in the presence of the Lord. Believing in him, we believe his promises, and this hope sustains us, especially in times of trouble and sorrow.

Not one of us is alone in our faith. Others bear the same burdens, carry the same loads, and rejoice in the same hope. May this knowledge encourage all of us in our daily walk with the Lord.

 

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