1 Peter 1:8-9 // Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

There is no evidence that is more convincing that someone has saving faith than love for Jesus Christ. Only real, Spirit-empowered faith can lift the sinner's heart to such a cosmic height. All true faith finds its pinnacle when the heart finds Jesus Christ to be more desirable than all the riches of the world combined. Just as a mountain climber seeks the stunning view of the peak, so it is the aim of the Spirit of God to take us, through the instrument of faith, to behold the wondrous excellencies of Him who is our salvation. And we will know that the climb of faith is over when we sense an overflowing love for Jesus.

Yet we know that the great challenge of faith is that we must receive Something to be true of which our physical eyes have not yet seen. How can we love a person whose physical presence we have yet to enjoy? God in his wisdom has so designed the world that he is to be known in the person of his Son by faith.  Beloved, there is more to reality than what our five natural and human senses can comprehend. 

This is the unique relationship we are called to enjoy that is unlike any other relationship we will ever have. The great and many promises of the gospel must be received by faith. To know Jesus Christ is to believe in him and to believe in him is to love him, for all the fullness of his loveliness is found in his saving of our souls. What keeps you this day from having inexpressible and glory-filled joy? Today is an excellent day to exercise your faith in him! For a day is quickly coming when faith will have its final outcome and we will see by sight him whom we now believe in by faith.