January 2, 2014

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Genesis 12:1-7; Hebrews 11:1-12; John 6:35-42, 48-51

In 1965, a Motown group called The Impressions scored their biggest hit with a song titled “People Get Ready.” Curtis Mayfield, the song’s composer begs his hearers “People get ready, there’s a train a coming…all you need is faith to hear the diesels humming…you don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord.” All you need is faith.

As the author of Hebrews teaches, faith is much more than belief. Faith is that gift from God that assures us of our hope that God’s promise of life in His kingdom is true. Looking back, this evangelist recalls the faithfulness of Noah and Abraham. Their hope for life and communion with God was made real through faith. Even as Abraham did not realize in his lifetime, the promise of many descendants, he saw the reality of God’s promise was just over the horizon of his life. Abraham was convicted by the things he could not see but understood to be true.

Through baptism we receive this same gift of faith. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are enabled through faith to believe in God’s promise of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s more than belief, it is the assurance that even as we continue our pilgrimage on earth, faith makes the promise of God real and we can see the kingdom on the horizon. All you need is faith.

Prayer: Holy God, grant us faith that we may be steadfast in hope and realize even today those promises of your kingdom yet unseen. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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