2 Corinthians 5:6-7, 10 (NET) Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.
Hiroshi grew up in a very moral community. Culturally, his people were polite and tried to treat people the way they would want to be treated. Lying and being dishonest was a dreaded trait among adults because society would shun you if you had a reputation for being dishonest. But Hiroshi observed that Mr. Jacob was different. He did not only act upright because of society, he was genuinely upright. He observed that while others were nice and tried to be truthful because of their culture, Mr. Jacob was living by an even higher standard. He wouldn’t lie or break his word even if his life were in danger. When Hiroshi found out that Mr. Jacob was so upright because he was a Christian, for the first time in his life, he became interested in knowing more about Christianity.
You see, Mr. Jacob lived by faith. While others were culturally upright, he was genuinely upright because he was living in the light of the blessed hope and understood that he would one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. He was not just living because of the expectation of society, he was living because of the commendation of heaven.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not yet seen(Hebrews 11:1). A person living by faith is one whose life is built around an expectation for which his way of life substantiates. As a believer, living by faith means living your life in such a way that it would be clear to an objective observer that you have an expectation(hope) that is beyond what can be seen now. Abraham exemplified this very well. The things he did and how he lived demonstrated that he had an expectation from God. From today’s Bible Text, we see that the apostles lived by faith because their lives were built around the truth that they would appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
Go into today remembering that a life truly lived by faith will demonstrate to onlookers that there is a hope you possess that is beyond what this present world can offer. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about this Hope (see 1 Peter 3:15)
Bible in 1 Year: Daniel 1-6 (in today’s audio)
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