“O people of God, be great believers!
Little faith will bring your souls to heaven,
but great faith will bring heaven to your souls.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
Early in my ministry an Elder said to me, “Rus, you talk about faith too much!”
Somewhat taken aback by his concern, I said, “If I your pastor do not tell you to have faith in God, who will?”
This Elder was a man of absolute integrity. He was a good man. However, as a prudent man, he did not believe the church should take on any task unless every detail was guaranteed. Nor did he believe Elders should plan on spending money that was not already in the bank.
He had never trusted God to provide in little things, thus he never saw God provide in a big way.
One of the blessing of being a Pastor is that in the course of ministry, I get to see God work miracle after miracle. I have learned to expect God to provide. Having great faith in God comes naturally to me.
Many Christians are so certain that God will not provide they never pray for a miracle, they never step out in faith, and thus, they never see God work a miracle. Their faith remains little.
Five times in His ministry Jesus rebukes the disciples for being men of little faith!
Jesus rebukes them in:
Matthew 6:30 – when they are worried about daily provisions;
Matthew 8:26 – when a storm blows in while they are in a boat;
Matthew 14:31 – when Peter begins to sink after walking on water;
Matthew 16:8 – when they worried about not bringing bread;
Matthew 17:20 – when they are unable to cast out a demon.
I can only imagine Jesus’ exasperation with the disciples. They had seen Him work so many miracles, yet they still had little faith.
The only way to grow your faith, is to live in faith. In time, you will begin to see God providing and working miracles everyday. It is then that you will be blessed with great faith!
Let your faith rest not in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:5