Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When Jesus talked about faith he said “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed.” He said that because he was comparing faith to a seed. When you plant a seed that seed works to produce the very thing it was planted to produce.
indifferent people might doubt your sincerity after you’ve told them how much faith you have, but that’s just the fine line between doubt and belief. There will always be someone who thinks you’re totally out of your mind. That’s just their opinion and that’s good for no one’s impression. But if you stand on the truth that “faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen,” then you can tell them with boldness and honesty, “I believe this to be true and I ask you to please prove it to me.”
A perfect faith is the faith of God’s willing and without doubt. If you’re willing to stretch beyond your belief of today to the possibility of what God can do, you’re living a perfect faith. And if you’re willing to believe anything is possible with God, then you should be willing to stretch beyond your belief to prove it for yourself. Who are you going to believe?
When Jesus said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed,” he set an example for us to follow in the believing. He said not to doubt that if you pray and believe you receive the thing you have asked for, it will be given to you. To him, the thing you ask for was unlimited. God is able to make a way in the earth to meet and receive you. He’s able make a way through the waters in the middle of the sky. He’s able bring children to you, heal your body, and even repent your sins. He’s also able to do more than you can ask or imagine, but he asked you to believe that you receive the thing you have prayed for so you could see it with your own eyes.
Are you willing to believe? When you stand before God, he’s got your strongest foothold on faith. You might be asking, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers right away?” Well, I don’t know about you but I absolutely react when people tell me God doesn’t answer prayers. When people say this, I want to counter their argument with an answer of my own: God doesn’t answer prayers because it the first thing he thinks about and thinks about is how we are going to die. Your concern for your eternal soul besides your own spiritual health and well being should be what drives you to praying. It should be a motivation enough to not only pray but to place trust in the God who loves you in eternity more than you can even comprehend now. If you don’t pray now, when the opportunity comes, you will be foolish to dismiss it.
Even Paul ended up in the desert to seek his calling, and he prayed fervently until he got his answer. He prayed day and night for it and worried to the point of death, confessing every day the God of his fathers who he claimed to be the source of his deliverance from chains of hardships. On the other hand, he was a man in good faith who suppressed his gifts and answered the call to be a preacher of the gospel to the Gentile. God used his story to show the world something about himself.
Your own story of faith may or may not be told, but mine was written. I’ve met a few likeminded Christians, and you know what? We all have what this one person didn’t have. We all have weaknesses. I’m not here to talk about them to boast of my own faith. No, rather to pray for us and to give us the hope that our faith isn’t a weakness but the reason we have the privilege of serving Jesus.
So, let’s go back to Paul again. He found satisfaction in the things of the flesh, but he desired to know the truth. That’s why he said, “that I speak as one who’s just, beholding the commands of the Lord.” It wasn’t his arm length that made him do these things, nor his deep wisdom, nor his godly temper. No, he had a special call of God placed on his life. He was placed in a position to bless others with the words of God. People today often talk about wisdom and depth and weight and long suffering and discernment. They may pride themselves in these areas, but it was Paul who carried the weight of the world’s shame and wickedness and delivered it to others.
Be glad that you are in Jesus Christ! If you are, you are qualified to be the salt and the light that some consider you to be. If you are not, you could be in big trouble in the future.