The Work of Faith
2 Thessalonians 1:11
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:”
You won’t always understand faith, but that is what makes it faith. There are times when faith doesn’t make sense, and what God is doing as you walk in faith seems to have no logic. For instance, it made no sense that God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son because his son was the key to God’s promise to Abraham. It was this act of faith that God needed to see how much trust Abraham had in Him. The verse above says that there is a “work of faith” that is accomplished whenever a believer trusts God to step out by faith. Let me share with you the work that faith accomplishes.
First, the work of faith proves you to God. God has no way to see how much the believer trusts Him other than asking them to step out by faith. God learned the heart of Peter after he stepped out on the water in the midst of the storm. God discovered the heart of Noah after he began to build the ark. God discovered the heart of Joshua when he put his feet in the Jordan River. God discovered the heart of David when he faced Goliath by faith. God needs to learn how much He can trusts you as much as you need to learn how much you can trust Him. It is only by faith that God learns how much He can trust you. Your faith proves to God that He can trust you with great and nonsensical requests.
Second, the work of faith proves God to you. One thing the believer learns when they step out by faith is that God is there to provide their needs every step of the way. Even if what God asks you to do never happens, you learned a valuable lesson when you stepped out by faith that God always is always there. Faith always gives the believer a greater trust in God and His faithfulness and ability to provide.
Third, the work of faith proves God and you to others. Verse 12 says, “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you…” One of the greatest things that faith does in you is that it shows the world that you are real and that God has the power to do what you say He can do. You will only be a noise to the world until your faith proves you and God to them. The world cannot deny God’s power and hand upon you when you obey God by faith and He performs His mighty works through you. Faith always validates God’s hand upon you to the world, and to those you lead. It is faith that gives what you say credence to those who follow you and are watching you.
Fourth, the work of faith encourages others as they walk in faith. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 says, “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith…” It was the faith of the believer in Thessalonica that encouraged Paul. You will find that your step of faith encourages others to step out by faith and see God do great works through them as He has done in you. The greatest way to motivate others to do something for God is for you to step out by faith and let them see God work through you.
Fifth, the work of faith gives you enough faith for future steps of faith. One of the greatest works of faith is that it gives you a history with God that He came through in the past, and He will come through for you in the future when you step out by faith. Let me encourage you to let any step of faith you took in the past to be the encouragement to obey God by faith in the future.