This may feel unnatural at the beginning. But think about all the things that feel like your second nature and how awkward and frustrating they were at the beginning—e.g., driving, the sports you play, typing, and even walking. (There was a time you could not even crawl!) It may take a lot of efforts to live by faith at first. But if we do not give up so easily, if we are as persistent as we are with our hobbies and professions, living by faith will be our second nature. Someone wisely said, “One year from now, you will wish you had started today.” Aren’t there so many things we wish we had started earlier? If we did, we would be so good in so many things! Let us begin today to live by faith. Let us be diligent and persistent in our work to live out our faith. Our church is here to remind us what we believe, why we believe it, and why it matters in our life. Let us help one another to be abundant in our work of faith so we can give thanks to God for one another—until God welcomes us into His glorious kingdom and reward us richly for what we ought to have done as His grateful people! The most important thing about the work of faith is to believe that Christ will not fail to make us all that God wants us to be by His word and Spirit!
What do you see when you look in the mirror? You can see what other people cannot see—all that stuff that even your smile cannot conceal. Being a man or woman of faith doesn’t mean that you deny it and ignore it and try to think more positively about yourself. Being a man or woman of God means that, while you see all that is wrong and broken about yourself, you also see your wonderful Savior, who can pick up the broken pieces of your life and make you whole. I hope we will all see in the mirror a man or a woman of faith, who is being transformed into the image of Christ more and more, from glory to glory.