“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” (Romans 1:8 NIV)
Other people’s faith helps build our faith. When we hear the stories of what people do because of their faith, it strengthens us. What seems trivial to us is a mountain to someone else. Jesus set an example for us with His actions. He did things we can do. When we do the things Jesus did, it affects others like Jesus’ actions affect us.
My pastor has a faith like few I know. I have followed his faith journey for years. I’ve watched as he’s overcome adversity. I’ve seen his persistent faith in the midst of tragedy. Each week when we have our prayer meeting, his words amaze me. He’s followed Jesus for over 60 years. In the midst of tragedies, he relies on God’s grace. Because of him, my faith has deepened. His belief strengthens my belief.
Other people’s faith helps build our faith.
Faith heroes are something we all need. People who have gone before us, trusting Jesus. People whose faith has carried them through the most difficult of times. Even people who have gone to heaven are still with us, still inspiring us.
My father lost his first wife to cancer. He lost two children, one still born, the other at just 14 months old. He had twin daughters, Linda woke up fine in the morning, developed a fever and was gone by the next morning, pneumonia. He froze his feet working the winter after I was born. This event led to gangrene, which led to the amputation of his leg. Yet through all of that his faith persevered. He never gave up. His faith didn’t waver. He never stopped trusting Jesus.
His faith grew because of his father’s. My older brothers, who knew my grandfather better than I, told me of his faith. My grandfather read the Bible every night. He always read cover to cover. When he finished, he would start again from the beginning. I’ve developed the same habit. I think of my grandfather often as I read through the Bible each year.
We were made for fellowship with other believers. We need each other to encourage and grow our faith. God designed us to work together as one body:
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV)
When we live our lives by faith, we encourage others. Lives lived by faith will impact others far greater than imagined. Their faith filled lives will resonate long after they’ve left this earth, affecting generations to come. Other people’s faith helps build our faith.
Question of the Day:
How can your faith filled life impact someone else’s today?
Further Reading: 1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17 NIV, Romans 1:1-17 NIV, Psalm 9:13-20 NIV, Proverbs 19:4-5 NIV