35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; 39 and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:36-40
My grandfather points out that in the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks a great deal about faith, but in Revelation (a book probably by the same author), Jesus speaks about “him who overcomes.” My grandfather claims that conquering and faith are two faces of the same coin. Now, please understand that victory in Christ is not the same as prosperity, or comfort, or health—instead, it is hope, and love, and strength to meet evil and difficulties in our lives.
FJ HUEGEL: It then follows as logically as light comes with the day, that if we are not living victoriously as Christians, there is something wrong with our faith. We are not exercising it properly. We have not what Paul called “the faith of the Son of God” (Gal 2:20). Ours may be an intellectual assent to certain doctrines, or a superficial recognition of the saviorhood of the Christ of history. The faith that is victory, is different. It is a faith that has come to grips with the Christ of God. It is faith that issues from an immediate contact with Jesus Himself. It is faith that despairs of “self” and is wrecked on God in Christ. It is faith which identifies itself with its Object and finds its all in Him. It is faith which finds in the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world, not only forgiveness, but its very life. It is faith which cries with the apostle of old, “for to me to life is Christ.” It is faith which dares to go to Calvary to die so that it is “no longer I . . . but Christ lives in me.” With Christ as our life, we could no more be defeated Christians that we could be beggars and be children of a multi-millionaire.
PRAYER: Dear God,
I ask you to awaken, to enliven, to light my faith such that it will indeed be my fuse for victory. May my weak and tentative faith reach out to find You, strong and gracious. May my tiny faith grow and take root in such a way that I would be certain in every moment of difficulty that You are working good for me and that I am coming to know the wonderful victory of becoming more and more your child and more and more like your Son. Amen.