The strength of our faith is a major issue in determining how much and how big our accomplishments in life will be. Jesus said if we had faith the size of a mustard seed that nothing would be impossible for us to accomplish. Wow, that sounds so amazing. I wonder, was that a literal statement or was Jesus just making a hyperbole, making a point with an obvious exaggeration. I don’t think Jesus was into hyperbole as much as I am. Here are a couple of contrasting statements on faith in the Bible.
Romans 4:20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, Abraham did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Matthew 8:26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
If I want improve the time it takes me to run a 10 K, I know how to do that. If I want to increase the weight I can bench press, I know how to do that. If I want to lose 40 lbs in 4 months, I know how to do that. If I want to get a higher score on the Bible literacy test that I took on line, I know how to do that.
So, I want to grow strong in faith, strong enough in faith that the things that I accomplish with my life are many and really big, really, really big, awesome in fact. How do I do that? The most effective faith building exercise available to us is prayer. When we pray we are talking to a God we can’t see, hear, or touch. So why are we talking to Him if we have no tangible, immediate proof that He even exists or that He is listening to our prayers, or that He cares enough to answer them? Faith, the act of praying is an act of faith. The more I run the sooner I get faster, the more I lift the sooner I get stronger, the longer I study the better my test score. The more I pray the more I will grow my faith, and the really cool thing is that the stronger my faith grows the more I will pray.
I don’t want another boat, I don’t want another gun, I don’t want another fishing rod, I don’t want a bigger house, I don’t want a newer car, I am content with what I have.
But I want, want, want more faith, I want, want really bad, more wisdom, I want in the worst way more self-control, oh what I wouldn’t give for more patience, and joy, and to love my wife more. I wish I could just buy more faith, but I can’t, so I will pray, pray, and pray some more because I want to move mountains, and I haven’t yet and I am 70 and time is running out.