When the Bible says that we’re “saved by grace through faith”, this by definition, means we need faith to be saved. However, how much faith do we need?
Measurements of faith have come in the forms: “full of faith”, “no faith”, “little faith”, “great faith”, and “faith as small as a mustard seed”. Although the last example is used to show that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, Jesus had once asked rhetorically, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:8) So, one might think that even mustard-seed faith is already a lot.
During a sermon that emphasized that faith is the victory (1 Jn 5:4), I realized there was a mountain I needed to move: a mountain of continuous failures and struggles. A mountain is something that has been there for thousands of years–something that you have no reason to believe will ever change or leave its place. And this is how I felt about mine. But with faith, it can be thrown into the sea just as God hurls all our sins into the deepest sea (Mic 7:19).
And so, isn’t this faith? To believe in something you have no reason to believe in? To believe that something you see everyday can just suddenly disappear? And yet, faith, something so difficult to have, is so necessary for our salvation. But it can be ours. Just remember: “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”
Previously posted 5/6/13 on innerfountain and 11/22/14 on albertschen.com.