What kind of things do you stock up and store for when you need it? Do you have a way of measuring or counting up your stockpile? Yesterday, I ran by a friend’s house to pick up some things she was donating to a man in need. It has long been a running joke between us about the number of paper towels she keeps in stock. I have never seen anything like it as it looks like a shelf in the store. But yesterday, I learned that paper products weren’t the only thing she stocks and stores up.
Once, she had safely placed her donated items in my car, she asked me to come in as she wanted to see if there were other things the man might need. She went to a closet in her hall and when she opened the door I stood in awe of shelf after shelf of toiletry supplies. There were rows of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and the list goes on. It was like looking at the drug store shelves.
I asked her why she had accumulated such a stock? She laughed and said she watches for sales on things she uses regularly and purchases. Therefore, over the years her stock has continued to grow. It was quite astounding, but there was one thing for certain, she won’t run out of anything because she has a measuring system of items frequently used and stored up for just when she needs them.
Measuring the Things of Life
Do you have a measuring system for the things in your life that you need and use? Are there things you wish you had more of? Have you ever thought about measuring faith? Many times, we often wish we had more faith. We think if we just had more faith then things would be right in our life. But how exactly do you get “more” faith? What kind of measuring tool would you use? Once it is measured can it then be counted and put away safely in storage, so we have extra when we need it?
As much as we might feel we need or require extra faith to make it through this or that life crisis, it is necessary that we understand that faith doesn’t work in this way. There is no buildup or storage system because faith is a gift from God. There is no faith “savings account” where we can safely store up our unused faith for when we need it. Faith is a daily gift and constant process of renewing our trust in Christ.
Size Doesn’t Matter
The size of our faith doesn’t matter because there will never be enough of it to make us self-sufficient, because, with faith, God is the one doing the moving. Pastor Vince Gerhardy said that if faith moved mountains then the bigger the mountain the more faith we need. The bigger the obstacle the more strength it takes to climb it. A more serious illness would require a greater faith to overcome it and the more serious sin would require serious faith to be forgiven. As much as that kind of faith may sound logical, it is not how faith works. He points out that in fact, faith doesn’t work at all, God does.
Measuring faith is impossible and fruitless. Faith is not an item to store up, instead, it is like a path or door that leads to God. Gerhardy points out that faith is like a key that opens the door. It doesn’t matter the size of the key for even little keys can open much larger doors. The key to faith is not the size, but the genuineness of faith that renews each day. Faith lies in our complete trust and dedication to God along with our willingness to do His will. Our complete and humble obedience to God’s will is the measuring stick, as we stand ready to do whatever He may call us to do.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”Luke 17: 5 (NLT)
Genuine faith must root itself in our lives gradually over time. As the genuineness of our faith roots deeper in our soul, our lives reflect it. It is during this continued rooting process that we begin to automatically obey God, seeing it as a privilege to do so. This is not an extra step; it is a part of our everyday life. Little by little, our faith is instilled as we daily walk with Him. It becomes as much a part of us as breathing, where we don’t think about it, we just act.
Writer, Madeleine L’Engle said, “Slowly I have realized that I do not have to be qualified to do what I am asked to do. That I just have to go ahead and do it, even though I can’t do it as well as I think it ought to be done. This is one of the most liberating lessons of my life.” This is a life with the right kind of faith. Faith rests not in the way of measuring or storage amounts, but faith rests fully in the all-powerful God. It is this type of faith that produces major changes and results in life.
Won’t you be challenged to follow the will of God allowing your faith to root deeply day-by-day? Find your conviction in remembering that faith is not measured in amounts but in its genuineness. Be motivated in knowing that your faith is a gift and there is nothing you can do to earn more nor is there a way to store it away for later. Faith is a renewal daily resource. So, surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that God loves you so much that He blesses you daily as you renew your trust in Christ.
Love in Christ,
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.Martin Luther King, Jr.
What are Your Thoughts?
Have you ever sought a measuring tool for your faith? Do you realize that there is no amount of faith that will allow you to be self-sufficient? Share your thoughts and experiences on the need and constant process of daily renewing your trust in Jesus.