This is the free student devotional for Resilient Faith, Session 2: Active Faith.
Sit for a moment and consider what it means to be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus. Then reflect on these words from Hebrews:
“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.” —Hebrews 12:14
Ask yourself these questions:
• What does it mean that without holiness, “no one will see the Lord”?
• Can a person really be a Christian if there is never a desire to pursue holiness? Explain.
Genuine faith produces Spirit empowered fruit that is visible not only to God, but also to a watching world. Faith without holiness is only an intellectual exercise that requires no change in the way you live.
Behind the Story
“Pursue” in these verses denotes an earnest, continuous striving or quest toward the goal. For Christians, pursuing peace with others and continually becoming more like Christ are not hobbies. Our pursuit of peace and holiness should characterize our lives.
Meditate on these questions: Am I satisfied with a mediocre faith that doesn’t change the way I live?Does that please God?
• For further study, read and ponder Galatians 2:20 and Galatians 5:22-23.
Look over the versions of Romans 12:1-2 you created earlier this week with different colors and symbols. Then, close your eyes and picture them, trying to recall the passage. Repeat this several times.