“Faith, faith, faith…”
The word has been buzzing in my mind a lot lately.
But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it. (Luke 17:6, The Message)
“How could such a small amount of faith go a long way?” I asked myself. Then again, faith is binary, either you have it or you don’t. It was then that I remembered: the amount of faith is not as important as the object of faith.
Let me illustrate it this way: no matter how much faith you have in a roll of thread, using it for bungee jumping as a bungee cord substitute will surely result in certain death. No matter how convinced you are of the thread’s power, it will snap once you jump. In contrast, even if you have just enough faith in a real bungee cord – to wear it and jump – you will be unharmed.
Most people put their trust in frail objects like the proverbial piece of thread: money, power, fame, knowledge, coffee, the public transport system, people, etc.
Why live your life hanging by a feeble thread when you have an indestructible ‘bungee cord’ in God?
Anyways, back to faith. How can our “kernel of faith” in God manifest itself in our everyday lives?
Consider the following:
Just then he (Jesus) looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!”
(Luke 21:1-4, The Message)
The faith of the widow (someone with virtually no source of regular income) allowed her to give everything she had to live on, for she was convinced that her God would take care of her.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.(1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message)
If we have faith in God, we could overcome temptations that seem impossible.
Because our God is so great, our small faith in him will allow us to live our lives for him, raising our white flags in full surrender – giving him full control over every aspect.
Personally, I’m asking God for faith in the following areas of life:
§ Prioritizing eternal significance over financial stability in terms of my choice of vocation
§ Openness to His leading in terms of long term geographical location
§ Direction when it comes to love life or the lack of it
§ Building integrity and being spiritually fit
How about you? How do you think should your faith in God and his promises affect your everyday activities and long-term goals?
Think about it.