• Pastor Cynthia Ringo-Rogers

How Big is Your Faith?

Mark 9:23 in the NKJV Bible states, “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.’”

The Situation

Nothing is worse than the wrong mentality. As a man thinketh, so is he. We have heard that phrase many times, but, it’s not often that we explore how it applies to our lives.

The Story

I heard a story once of an older couple who won a free seven-day cruise around the Caribbean islands. They were really excited and told all of their family and friends about the trip and how it was a blessing. They had never been on a cruise before.

As the date approached for their departure, the couple packed the necessary clothes and went grocery shopping. They weren’t sure of the rules and whether they could bring on food, so, they hid the items in their suitcases. From the moment the ship left the port, the couple had a glorious time. They went sightseeing, mingled with the guests, and made many new friends. Everyone loved having them around. By the end of each day, around the time that everyone had dinner, the couple would eat deli meats, cheese and bread in their cabin. Although the staff noticed the couple missing for dinner, they just shrugged it off and went about their business.

As the week came to a close, there was a big celebration dinner because it was the last cruise of the year, due to an overhaul of the ship’s engine room. It had been announced all week and all the passengers were excited to be a part of the festivities. By the end of the night, the captain made his rounds to greet the passengers and noticed two empty seats. The captain inquired, but the staff nor the passengers had seen the couple. The captain became even more curious and had his first-mate look up the couple’s cabin number and decided to pay them a visit at the end of the evening.

The captain went to their cabin and knocked on the door. Upon entering, the captain noticed the deli meats and sandwiches that were slightly hidden. The captain mentioned that he missed them at dinner and wanted to introduce himself. The couple bashfully looked down and started to explain that they didn’t have the money for dinner. They explained that they had won the cruise tickets and normally wouldn’t be able to afford such a luxury vacation. The captain was slightly taken aback. He paused, and then explained that the dinner was complimentary. It was free for all of the passengers. They had missed a whole week of elegant, seven-course meals that took place every night.

He asked, “This was all available to you. What were you waiting for?” The couple had no words.

The Summary

You see, the couple had faith. They believed that the free cruise tickets were real. They believed enough so that they packed and got on the ship. They even believed enough to sight-see and mingle with the other passengers. That is what I would consider normal sized faith. And with normal sized faith, you get normal sized blessings. If their faith had been bigger, they would have been able to enjoy the full blessing that was available for them.

The Solution

Often, we believe for small things. They may seem amazing to us because of what we have experienced in the past. However, there is so much more available to us; more than we could fathom or imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 states, “But it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

You can always tell how big someone’s faith is by the way that they act or carry themselves. Those who believe for big results, put in big work. Those who expect the best, don’t settle for anything less. Sometimes this gets confused with entitlement. Entitlement is hollow faith. It looks big on the outside but is empty on the inside; a house built on sand instead of rock. This faith yields no results or short-term results. Those that truly believe, operate in a way that is undeniable and unshakable. To whom much is given, much is expected. If you reverse that statement, to whom “not” much is given, “not” much is expected.

The Suggestion

Make sure you live a life of great faith. The blessings are available and waiting for you to partake. If you don’t believe for it and put action behind it, you might end up having God ask you, “What were you waiting for?”

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