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THE VALUE OF YOUR FAITH

THE VALUE OF YOUR FAITH

Peter writing to the Christians who were “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” (I Peter 1:1) said their faith was “more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire” (1:7). Peter uses this very valuable metal to illustrate the value of our faith. 
God will use this faith to protect us. This faith will result in our “praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:7). Ultimately this faith will result in “the salvation of our souls” (1:9).
With all these benefits and blessings resulting from our faith, how valuable do we consider our faith?
Things which are valuable to us, we take special care to protect them. Extreme care is exerted when we move that special piece of furniture. Hugh amounts of time is spent polishing that special automobile, which is the “apple of our eye.” Future generations will see us taking special care of that family heirloom and we will spend hours telling them about its history.
If our faith is special to us, should we not be taking the same actions? Would we not try to be constantly trying to “polish it up”? If it is more valuable to us than an heirloom, would we not be trying to “pass along” our faith to the next generation? Would we not take some pride in knowing that our faith is going to help us in praising God as well as one day saving our souls?
Our faith comes as a result of our hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). If our faith is extremely valuable to us would we not want to spend time hearing the word of God so that our faith would be growing? It seems reasonable to me that we would want to take advantage of every opportunity to learn something about God, His message, His Son and how the body of believers are to conduct themselves within the church and the community. 
Attending multiple weekly services would be considered a joy and not a burden. A daily devotional would be something that we make sure we put into our schedule as an appointment which cannot be missed. Opportunities to discuss the word of God with people, especially fellow Christians, would be something we would consider as an extremely valuable use of our time. 
Evidence shows that people who value something will spend time with that item. They will pay attention to the care and protection of the asset. Faith is something which we own and it should be extremely valuable to us. The value of your faith will be seen in your life as you are living God’s way. 
Carlton McPeak