A Limitless Faith

“Faith has limits.”

It was statement that left us speechless.

Especially as it was spoken by someone with ministry influence.

A deep sadness set in as we talked, prayed and wondered at the implications of such a statement. It’s not so much about the limits placed on faith, but on what those limits represent.

A limited faith betrays belief in a limited God. 

And yet, Scripture calls us to an altogether different way to live.

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20, NIV

Jesus rebukes His disciples not based upon their strategizing, relationship-building, or fervor for serving others. It had nothing to do with the way they handled themselves or those in their care.

He calls them out because of their lack of faith.

It wasn’t a faith in their skills, correct wording or anything they could accomplish individually or as a group. Jesus was calling upon them to reflect on their faith in the power of God.

Perhaps the reason faith appears to have limits in this life is because we haven’t fully developed our trust in our limitless God. 

To go a step further, perhaps we also have very little understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead – a most miraculous display of power – is the same Spirit that indwells every person who places their trust, their faith, in Almighty God through Jesus Christ (see Romans 8:11). We have an incredible treasure in these earthly bodies that reveal power that is not from us but of God (2 Corinthians 4:7).

The Apostle Paul expounds on this.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:13-15, NIV

As we all seek to see God at work, growing local churches, miraculous things, and transformed lives, Paul explain that we believe and speak because we have that same spirit of faith. God will not only raise us up in the last day, but he will also raise us up to be His hands and feet as He displays His power and grace overflows to all nations who recognize and respond to His power and majesty.

Of course, the level of our involvement in His work may be contingent upon the limited nature of our faith.

How would conversation about faith shared above go with Jesus?

Us: “Faith has limits.”

Jesus: “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?”

Us: Silence.

Jesus: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you.”

May we not settle for a limited faith when the Word of our Lord challenges us to place our faith wholeheartedly in our awesome, limitless God.

 

 

 

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One Response to “A Limitless Faith”
  1. Sharman Hedges says:

    This was excellent and I am so glad you wrote this!!! Our God has NO LIMITS!!!! and neither should our faith!

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