Faith is as common a word as “Jesus” or “Bible” in the Church. Yet, often times, it’s the “common” things in the Church that can have the most confusion surrounding them. As we study God’s Word, there are (at least) three things that stand out about faith that help us to live our lives kingdom-minded while we are still here on earth.
The first thing that we need to understand about faith is where it comes from. Have you ever thought about that? How do we get faith? According to Romans 12:2, “faith is a gift from God”. God has given each of us the measure of faith that He wants us to have. The good news is, that means each of us has the ability to walk in faith. God will never ask us to do something that He doesn’t give us the ability to do, which means we have all the faith that we need for the season of life we are in! So, if God has given each of us a measure of faith, why then do the disciples ask for more faith in Luke 17:5? Why does Jesus pray for Peter’s faith to be strengthened?
The second thing we have to understand about faith is that our faith grows. Just as a baby is born with the ability to walk, the baby still has to exercise their legs in order to begin walking. We have to exercise our faith in order for it to mature. We allow our faith to become complacent, lazy, or apathetic when we stop exercising it. Romans 12:6-8 tells us to exercise our faith in order for it to grow into perfect faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2) You may be tempted to think, “That’s my problem! I need my faith to grow.”
And while that is true, the third thing we need to remember is that even if you haven’t exercised your faith in a while, Jesus tells us that if we have just a little bit of faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough to stir the Kingdom of heaven to do the supernatural. So, take heart knowing that God has given you exactly the faith you need in your season of life, and pray for God to increase your faith as you do your part to exercise it! Question: Where does God want to mature my faith today?
Challenge: Knowing that the faith that God has given you is a gift that He expects you to continue to mature and grow, look for ways that you can stretch your faith today. Maybe that means praying for a situation that looks impossible, sharing with a friend or family member that’s far from God, or taking a step into a new season that, in the natural, doesn’t make sense. Walk, knowing that the Kingdom of Heaven is moving the things of this world and faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Prayer: “Lord, thank you for my gift of faith. Help me to seize the opportunities that stretch and grow the faith that you have deposited into me. As I learn to walk in faith, You promised that You will finish the good work that You started in me. Show me how I can cooperate with You as You continue to develop that which You started. Amen.”