The Christian faith is not merely a set of doctrines to be accepted. It is a way of life to be embraced. And Jesus lived that way of life for us. He filled up faith with good works, courageous acts of love, mercy, and service. So when we enter into the faith, we do not enter into an idea. We enter into a life already lived. We enter into a finished work. We are mysteriously grafted into the very life Jesus. If Christian faith were simply an idea, it would be a terrible one -- an elusive trust impossible to sustain. But Christian faith is the faithfulness of Christ given to us. And what freedom it is that his faithfulness is his alone to sustain.