Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:21
“you just have to have a little more faith”. How many times have we heard that, or perhaps even said it ourselves? It’s as if the amount of faith we show has an impact on the outcome of an event. Nothing could be further from the truth. That kind of thinking gets dangerously close to focusing on our work instead of the work of Christ in us. Yes, Jesus speaks of the faith the size of a mustard seed and it being enough to move a mountain. Yes, Jesus remarks to the disciples that they are of little faith. But, those comments are not intended to say that the amount of our faith makes or breaks God moving in our lives. Instead the amount of our faith is the meter we are to use to see how much we are depending on Him. When we tell someone to have more faith, we should not use the comment to suggest that their situation is due to a lack of faith. That’s not exciting at all. Exciting faith? How can we show exciting faith?
When Jesus told a woman suffering that is was her faith that healed her (Matthew 9:22), He was not saying that her outcome was dependent on her faith. No! Jesus was showing the excitement of her dependence on Him. When Paul talks about our faith instead of works, he is talking about the excitement of our salvation NOT being dependent on us, but Him, the risen Savior (Galatians 2:16). How can we not get excited about the faith that God has offered us? How can we not be excited about the investment of faith, knowing the return is eternal and not dependent on time and space? When we equate our outcome to our faith, we are limiting God to the outcomes we can perceive.
Look at your own life. How many times has your faith been rewarded in a way that you couldn’t even imagine? Sometimes, the reward of our faith is simply that…the reward of our faith. By declaring absolute dependence on Him instead of ourselves, we can rest in the assurance that He is in control.
When someone is hurting, our suggestion should not be for them to have more faith. Our response should be one of the excitement of faith, in that; He will never leave us or forsake us. That, my friends, is the most exciting thing possible.