“But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel” (Romans 9:6)
Just because someone goes to church and has even been baptized and confirmed does not mean that they actually believe. Faith is intimate and personal and the outward things are just that – outward. We are called into a living faith, and that is a gift given by God to those whom He foreknew. It must always begin with each one of us individually as we come before the Lord as we are and into the salvation He has prepared for us through Christ.
Lord, help me begin with the state of my soul before You. Help me become rectified through grace with You according to Your Word. Help me see that just because those around me have faithful actions, it does not mean that they have faith. Rather than becoming either proud or angry, help me witness to all who are around me that they may be encouraged and see that what You are offering is real through the witness of my life.
Lord, in the great mystery of faith, there are those whom You have always known would come to You. Some in spite of their circumstances come to You and others who, with full opportunity, reject the truth for the lie of this world. Help me simply be faithful in living the truth that You alone are God and salvation comes through You alone. May the witness I give with my life help others to come into living faith, knowing that You are God and Savior. Amen.