6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9
The outside world can’t see our faith until we face something in our lives that requires it. Then it can shine through with flying colors. We can withstand much using the protective saving power of the resurrection (1:5), and we get more credit, if you will, when we exercise faith having not seen or touched.
In the end, we acquire endurance, and the world sees genuineness, all to the praise and glory of God. You know you’re a Christian when you can still love him through it all.
“Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:29