The Gift of Faith
I realize God has treated me with undeserved grace, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.
God has given us the gift of Faith
Each of us has been given a measure of faith. Our faith can grow but it needs exercise. You might not have thought about it in that sense before but follow me for a minute. We start out with faith that when we flip a switch on the wall that the light will come on. We believe that when we turn the faucet on we will get clean water. And we trust that when we sit down either on the chair at our desk or dining room table, or our favorite comfy chair at the end of the day, that it will hold us up.
We probably don't know all the things it took to make each of those things reliable for us. We just know that they work because we've come to them over and over and - they work. What if we flip the switch and the lightbulb goes poof and the light goes out? Do we stop coming to the switch for light assuming it will never give light again? No. We change the light bulb. Or call an electrician!
When we begin our journey with God that measure of faith, that little faith seed, that God gave us begins to grow as we experience His faithfulness to us over and over. Oh there will be times when we pray and ask God to do something and He doesn't answer us the way we expected. We exercise our faith not in deciding that God doesn't work. No, we exercise our faith at that point in trusting and believing that God is at work even when we can't see the results. That's how our faith grows!
God has given us the gift of Faith. Romans 12:3 (CEV) says, "I realize God has treated me with undeserved grace, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you."