“You have faith, I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds and I’ll show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18)
There is a substance to faith. Jesus talked many times about, “great faith,” (Matt 15:28) and, “little faith” (Matt. 8:26). The disciples petitioned Jesus, “Increase our faith.” So does size matter with faith? Yes . . . and No . . .
After one of Jesus’ statements about little faith he also said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘Move.’” So, size doesn’t matter? I’m confused. There’s a tension here in the Scripture – it’s tensions that hold up the most beautiful truths in Scripture.
The truth is this,
- Faith is required – Without faith it’s impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6)
- Faith is always effective (at its smallest and largest, faith produces only one crop eternity).
- Faith can grow (That’s good news!)
How is that good news? That means that whatever you’re stuck in right now is probably one upgrade away from being history; that your faith has the ability to produce greater things in your life than ever before! Take a moment to ask, “Lord, increase my faith.” Now listen for what He asks you to do – because the next step is always simple obedience.