“Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,”
Everything produces something. Whether it is a good product or a bad product, what you do always has a result or a product that it produces. Faith also has a product that it produces. Knowing that it is impossible to please God without faith should challenge you to want to live by faith. However, when you choose to leave the sight-driven life to live a life of faith, you will find that the life of faith will produce several things in your life.
First, the life of faith produces a desire for God. In verse 9, Paul talks about the “desire” of this church. When you take your eyes off the world and choose to live a life of faith for Christ, you will find a desire inside to do something for God. You cannot live by faith without having a desire to do something great for God. The reason you don’t have a desire to do anything for God is not because of your pastor, your church, or what has happened to you in the past; the reason you don’t have a desire to live and do something for God is because you are not living a life of faith.
Second, the life of faith produces a desire to be “filled with knowledge.” Faith gives you a desire to dig in God’s Word to learn how to accomplish what you are attempting by faith. The more a person lives by faith, the hungrier they will become for the substance of faith that is found in God’s Word. If you find yourself not having a desire to read God’s Word, it is because you have not attempted anything great by faith that needs the sustenance of faith that comes from the Scriptures.
Third, the life of faith causes you to “walk worthy.” The easiest way to keep yourself from sin is to have faith attempts for God continually. Faith requires God. The result of the life of faith is that it forces you to walk with God which will keep you from living in the flesh. When you start doing God’s work in the flesh is when you begin feeding your flesh; thus, it creates an appetite to fulfill the lust of the flesh, which results in sin. Living the life of faith is one of the best ways to live a holy life.
Fourth, the life of faith makes you “fruitful in every good work.” Faith always produces fruit because faith requires you to need God. If you find yourself not seeing fruit in your ministry or Christian walk, you ought to examine whether you are doing any works of faith. The life of faith is not comfortable, but it sure does produce fruit.
Fifth, the life of faith creates a desire for “increase.” The status quo is unappetizing to the person living by faith. Faith creates a hunger for God to increase what you are doing for Him. Only the faithless criticize those who have a desire to increase. Faith motivates you to always want God to do more through you.
Sixth, the life of faith creates a need to be “strengthened.” You cannot live the life of faith in the flesh; it is only accomplished by being strengthened through Christ. You will find that Christ strengthens you as you continue to walk by faith. You will always find that Christ will give you the strength for the next step when live by faith.
Let me ask you, do you find faith’s product in your life? Faith’s product is only found in those who have crucified the flesh and stepped out by faith to attempt the impossible for God.