Today’s Scripture: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

There are three degrees of faith. The first is a faith that receives. It is like the empty-handed beggar. We come to Christ for salvation, holding nothing in our hand that we could offer to a holy, righteous God. He offers us His salvation, and we receive it. John 1:12 reminds us, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Then there is the faith that reckons. It is the faith that counts on God to fulfill the promises that He has made. It is faith that believes that God will come through for us. In our passage today, Paul writes to Timothy that he is persuaded that God “…is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) It is the faith that says, “I am believing God; I am grabbing hold of His promises and I am not letting go.”

Finally, there is the faith that risks. This faith dares to do something for the Lord. Often when you say, “God I will do whatever You want,” you could end up in a place that isn’t pleasant to the senses, such as a foreign mission field. However, even in a less-than-pleasant environment there are people that need the Gospel. Not only have you received and reckoned, but now you are going to step out in faith and do something. It will be an adventure, but God rewards the type of faith that takes the risk and steps out.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.