Measuring faith is difficult. How large is a #7 faith? Is there a five-cubed faith? How big is a size 14 faith?
Essentially, faith is evidence of what has not be seen.
Occasionally, faith surprised Jesus.
- The Gentile soldier requesting Jesus' help long-distance excited Him.
- Was He disappointed in His followers not having mountain-moving faith? (Matt 17:20-21).
- Did frustration prompt Him to say some had "little faith"?
Jesus used situations to evaluate faith.
Christians are urged to "walk by faith, and not by sight." We conduct life based on God-given promises and principles. We do not need to know the future before beginning a walk with God.
So why do church leaders (elders / deacons) want to see the $$$ in the bank before they start, or fund, a good project? Is this walking by sight and not by faith?
I certainly will not imply money can solve church problems, or well-funded programs will succeed. I know Christians having debt is not His desire for His people (Proverbs 6:1-5; Prov. 11:15; Prov. 22:26). Debt reduces giving, and low-level giving is an indicator of a less-than-mature faith. So, low-level-faith limits God's efforts.
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I look forward to finding men, families, or leaders WILLING to go into debt for God's efforts. WILLINGNESS reveals our desire to step out with faith. Enthusiasm plus trusting God to bring completion is faith.
So, is a commitment to get out of debt an act of faith or a selfish act of greed? Evaluate. Do you believe God will take care of all your needs (Matt 6:33) if you fund His work first? Demonstrate the size of your faith. The next time a missionary visits your congregation will you empty your pockets with purposeful giving? The next time they need volunteers will you put your wallet away and grab your work gloves?
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So, is a commitment to get out of debt an act of faith, or a selfish act of greed?
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