Upon hearing this the apostles said to Jesus, “Lord, you must increase our measure of faith!” Jesus responded, “If you have even the smallest measure of faith, it would be powerful enough to say to this large tree, ‘My faith will pull you up by the roots and throw you into the sea,’ and it will respond to your faith and obey you.” Luke 17:5-6 TPT
And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him. Hebrews 11:6 TPT
We’ve each been measure of faith, but Jesus said even that is big enough to what needs doing. There is not even inanimate objects that can remain rooted when your faith in what you say is activated.
As I was meditating on these verses, I saw something that perhaps we’ve missed over the years. It’s not how big our faith is, it’s what it’s rooted and grounded in. If our faith is rooted and grounded in Love, which we know that God is Love, how fertile is that soil and what is the potentially great things that will grow out of it?
That second verse found in Hebrews tells us that it’s impossible to please God without faith. Everything we do and believe as Christians takes faith. As we approach God, we do it by faith. When we read the Word, we take it by faith. We weren’t there when Jesus died on the cross, we believe the account of others who were there and saw it–that takes faith.
What does God reward? He rewards the faith of those who passionately seek Him. Why, because it takes faith to connect on that level to a God you can’t see. It takes faith to trust what He sees that you do not. It’s that deep rich faith that God is drawn to and rewards.
The moment when you throw down your understanding and reasoning and surrender to Him. It’s surrender that creates the passion. It’s not easy to do, but when you reach that point of exhaustion from trying to do it all on your own, you discover Him on another level and your passion meter hits new heights. You’re forever changed. It’s not about getting your own way, it’s about surrendering your way for His.
Hope you get that and keep seeking.