I was listening to Christ Tomlin’s song “I Lift My Hands” and got to thinking about the lyrics of the chorus. Specifically:
Let faith arise
Let faith arise
I lift my hands to believe again…
What really hit me is the last word in that line — “again”. So often, we get stuck in our faith because we see our faith in God’s grace in Christ as a single point in time. There was a single point in my life when the Hoy Spirit witnessed to my soul that Christ is my Savior, that Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that Christ is God and he gave His life as a sacrifice for my sin. There was a single point in time that the Holy Spirit’s witness in my life caused me to have faith and believe. That single point in time was just the beginning of faith. From that point on, behold, all things become new. If our faith stops at that point, we miss the unspeakable joy that is the Christian’s reward. That is why Christ called it being born again; at that moment in time, we enter a new life and in order to keep living that new live, we must renew our faith continually.
Just as we must continually renew the oxygen in our bodies through the act of breathing, we must continually renew our new life in Christ through faith. Faith is a continuous process from the time we accept Christ as our Saviour until the time we meet him in heaven. The opposite parallel is true as well: if we fail to breath, we die and if we fail to renew our faith, we die spiritually. Just as we can’t rely on a single breath to carry us through our life, we can’t rely on a single moment of faith to give us the life that Christ promised.
Faith is a peculiar thing. At once, it is difficult because it requires us to lose ourselves and take a leap, and it is easy because when we have nothing left to rely on, it is all that is left. I think God uses both these circumstances of faith to bring us closer to Him. In the end, taking the leap is by far the best way to exercise our faith. When we leap, we give ourselves to God’s will completely. When we don’t leap, we are exercising our own will and we get ourselves into circumstances where only faith in God can get us out.
So here is the really cool thing about faith. In Hebrews 11:6, it says this:
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
God gives us opportunities every day to exercise our faith. That means He wants us to please Him every day. He doesn’t want a relationship focused on a single point in time (to be sure, that moment is important), rather, He wants a relationship that grows everyday. If we look back at Hebrews 11 (the hall-of-faith chapter), each of the examples in this chapter walked in faith on a daily basis. With the exception of Enoch (because we don’t know much about him), we know that each of these examples also made mistakes and failed to live up to God’s commandments. Their faith in God’s grace, mercy, and loving-kindness allowed them to move beyond their failures and into a right relationship with Him.
Without daily renewing our faith, we would not be able to move beyond our flesh; we would run from God instead of to Him.
Lord God, You are holy. Your ways are so much higher than ours. Your love for us is incomprehensible. Thank you for giving us a way to please You, to have a deep and meaningful relationship with You. Lord, grant us strength to leap into faith on a daily basis and avoid coming to faith out of necessity. Give us the strength to lift our hands to believe again.
In Jesus Name.