Faith, in the dictionary, is defined as “Trusting or believing something or someone, without having to see physical evidence.”
The Bible defines it thus:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) It is not just a “gut instinct;” it’s a tangible truth accepted by the body—feelings that have the confidence and certainty to accept everything that comes from God.
Faith, however, comes in sizes. The Bible speaks of faith as small as a mustard seed, which is 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter or the size of a pinhead. It is minuscule!
Yet, Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 “. . . 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.”
So why, then, do many of us, who believe 100% in a powerful and all-knowing God, still forget that God is working in our lives today, even as the pandemic shakes our core?
I, for one, believe that God can do anything He wants because He created the universe and me. I claim to have faith bigger than a mustard seed. But why am I fearful about the still unseen consequences of this crisis?
“Level up!” our pastor stressed one Sunday in his virtual message. He seemed to be telling me to make my faith grow.
Indeed, Jesus used the teeny-weeny mustard seed to illustrate the kind of faith we need, because it has the potential to grow into something much, much bigger.
Our faith is meant to level up.
How? We need to ask for faith in constant prayers. Then grace will enable us to watch how God does what we think is impossible.
Our initial introduction to the concept of faith is small. It is a faith that comes from hearing and believing the Word of God. After that, however, our faith has to level up, because it cannot stay small. We need to bury it in the soil of God’s Word so it can take root and grow.
“Level up” is a phrasal verb—popularized by gaming—that has become a part of our daily lingo. It is advancing from one level to the next, until one achieves the highest level.
In the same manner, we need to level up in our faith, thinking less of ourselves and more of God, leaving everything at His feet.
It’s the level of belief that no matter what happens, we are certain we are in good hands.