Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you.” Mark 11:22-23
On his way into Jerusalem to face the cross and the completion of His mission on earth, Jesus continued to teach His disciples important lessons about their faith. This lesson on faith is one that most Christians set aside as unattainable, unbelievable.
I don’t think Jesus was really suggesting that we should focus our spiritual energies on reworking the geography of our land. As usual, He was using a dramatic example to indicate a very real spiritual truth. He was telling His disciples that they had not yet gotten anywhere near the limits of their own faith and God’s abilities. There is no “mountain” God cannot move, if we can learn to trust Him to move it.
So how do we increase our faith? The same way we get to Carnegie Hall, as the old joke goes: practice.
Faith increases as a practical result of having trusted God and having found Him trustworthy. The more you do that, the greater your faith will be. No preacher can tell you that God will give you whatever you want if you just try hard enough. Jesus is telling us that as our relationship of trust in God grows, we will know better when and how to trust Him.
There is no limit to what God can do. But God has chosen to limit His work in human affairs. Our prayers, when asked with true faith, have an effect on what God chooses to influence. When we settle for lesser faith, we don’t allow God to bless us with His miracles.
Take the chance today to trust God in something and begin the process of allowing Him to grow faith in you. “Have faith in God.”
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC