Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God,... Hebrews 11: 1, 6a (New International Version)
This great faith chapter of the Bible begins by setting forth the definition that will be exemplified in the life stories that follow. At the heart of this principle is that faith is life altering. It is not an intellectual assent to the truth of who God is, but rather a heartfelt conviction that through Calvary Jesus is the Lord of my life. It is this type of faith, and this kind only, that is truly able to please God, because it exhibits the willingness to live in obedience.
Worldly hope is fickle and fleeting. Sports team fail to achieve expectations; celebrities exude narcssism even in the midst of their failings. There is no real certainty in the world of the 21st century, because relativism reigns. It will be that brief verse, later in this epistle, that expresses the great hope and certainty believers have: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever." Without this knowledge even the most obedient child of God would be lost.
In our lost world we need transformative faith, which puts hope in the God of our salvation, and is certain of the victory achieved in the cross. Our pilgrimage with the Lord can contribute to the "great cloud of witnesses," who have already added to faith's story. Our expectation of the Kingdom can enable us to be faithful witnesses, even to the ends of the ends of earth. However, it takes a personal relationship with Jesus to have this type of faith.