We like steps and formulas and how-tos. We ask questions like – How do I grow in faith? – and we want to see the diagram and follow the instructions. We want to build faith like a bookshelf from IKEA, some-assembly-required, but it just doesn’t work that way.
Faith is fluid.
Have you ever felt your faith move from weak to strong or from strong to weak? You’re in good company. Many people in the Bible experienced the ebb and flow of faith.
Elijah was calling fire down from heaven in one moment and running away like a coward in the next.
John the Baptist told everyone on the riverside that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Later, from prison, he sent some of his followers to ask Jesus if he really was the one.
Thomas left everything to follow Jesus, but in the challenging days after Jesus’ death he couldn’t wrap his mind around the resurrection. That earned him the nick name “Doubting Thomas.” This doubter poured out his life to spread the good news of Jesus across India.
Peter’s faith was a roller coaster. He went from walking on water to sinking and crying out for help. He went from vowing to follow Jesus into prison or even death to denying he ever knew him. And yet God used this man to build his church.
Here’s the bottom line. It’s not about the bigness of your faith – it’s the bigness of your God that matters!
Faith is simply knowing and relying on a great big God.
Jesus told us we could move mountains with teeny tiny mustard seed sized faith.
You don’t have to labor over building your faith. You have all the faith you need!
Say it out loud – I have all the faith I need!
Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20
This is Part 2 of a series
Click to read Part 1 Why is There Suffering?