…so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:7
Scripture reading: Hebrews 12
Genuine faith is at the very heart of Christian life. We are saved by faith, we live by faith and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). But what makes your faith genuine as opposed to something false or misguided? Peter tells us that genuine faith is something tested and more valuable than even gold purified by fire! When gold is placed in a furnace, it is not that the gold should be damaged or destroyed, but that it might be made more pure and precious. All the impurities and dross must be burned off so that only the gold will be present and nothing else. In fact, it has been said that an Eastern goldsmith would keep the precious metal in the furnace until he could see his face reflected in it.
Why must we go through the furnace of affliction, pain, or sorrow? It is so that the tested genuineness of your faith would reflect the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ more and more each day until all His people go to be with Him in glory! How do you know your faith is real and not false? True faith is a full belief and trust in Christ to save you no matter what you face in life whether good or difficult. Genuine faith is a faith that may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Do you have this true faith?
Suggestions for prayer
Ask the Lord to grant you a genuine faith that will stand up to all the trials and sorrows in life, a faith that centers in Christ alone for salvation and a faith that is being purified so that Christ will be more and more precious to you.
This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Michael Jaatinen is the minister of Mount Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moncton, NB.