Faith is another subject with many definitions; from claiming of things to possessing of possessions, we have literarily reduced our faith into a tool for which we use to achieve our own personal agendas. If this is so, What then is faith? How do one have faith without using it to claim things for self?
Faith is the evidence or proof of what we have in anticipation of what we hope for. What then do we hope for? This is where many have gotten it wrong. In the Heb 11 narration, we can see a consistent thread across all the heroes of faith; a pointer to what was hoped for and even though it was not absolutely clear to them, what they all hoped for was the coming of the messiah—the fullness of God’s redemptive plan.
These men and women believed in God’s redemptive plan to save the entire human race even before the arrival of Jesus Christ and in demonstration of their believe, they through their faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens, forsook the pleasures of Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king, chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.
Faith therefore doesn’t originate from us; it is our access into what God is doing–Christ! This faith is our believe and conviction that we are redeemed which is also our evidence of the hope of joining God in the work of reconciliation. This faith should propel us to do the extraordinary, the unimaginable just to see God’s eternal plan come into full manifestation.
Our faith also is not limited in any way to heal the sick, open the blind, raise the dead or work miracles. These are signs that are meant and designed to follow us because we first believe in Him and His plan. The end of our faith is Christ Jesus.