“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.”
One of the scariest statements that I have read in the Scriptures is found in the verse above. Jesus says, “…According to your faith be it unto you.” Two blind men wanted Jesus to heal them, and they were so persistent about Him healing them that they followed Him everywhere He went and cried out for His help. Jesus finally asked them if they believed that He could actually heal them, and they responded that they did. Jesus put it back on them by saying, “…According to your faith be it unto you.” In other words, if they didn’t get healed, it was because of their lack of faith. As the Scriptures show, they were healed because they had the faith that He could heal them.
One of the things that I have learned since I have become a Pastor is that my faith is too small. Every time I plan by faith for God to do something, God does so much more than I had planned for, which reveals to me that God’s power is much greater than my faith. For Jesus to say that He will do for us according to our faith is something that should cause you to desire to increase your faith. Several lessons can be learned from this statement.
First, Jesus didn’t say how much faith they had to have; they just had to act on their faith. It is not the amount of faith you have; it is the God who can reward your faith far above your faith that matters. Everyone has faith, and God will reward the amount of faith that you will act upon. Your faith may not be as big as another’s faith, but it doesn’t have to be for God to reward your trust in Him to step out by faith.
Second, your faith will always be too small for what God can actually do. You are living in a fantasy world if you think your faith is greater than God’s ability to perform. God has already promised us that we will not out-give Him; so, to act upon whatever faith we have will only result in God doing much more than our size of faith. You must stop waiting to step out until you think your faith is big enough because God will always prove that your faith is too small for His ability to perform.
Third, it is the fact that you acted upon whatever faith you have that allows your faith to grow. The fact that God out-gives my faith is what allows my faith to grow. When God does more than my faith, it gives me the confidence to go beyond what God did the last time I acted on faith. For instance, let’s just say that I give ten dollars by faith, and God rewards me with fifteen dollars. My faith now understands that I can give more than fifteen dollars because of what God gave in return for my previous act of faith; this results in my faith growing. As a pastor, I plan for big days by faith, and when God outperforms my faith, it gives me the confidence that we need to do more the next time because God can do more than what I previously thought could be done. Faith grows when God rewards your faith beyond whatever amount of faith you acted upon.
Fourth, “according to your faith” does not mean that God will give you to your size of faith, but He will measure what He does by the amount of faith you act upon. If God is not doing enough for you, it is because your faith is too small. God’s measurement of what He will do is according to the degree of faith that you act upon. So, if you want God to do more through your life or ministry, step out further by faith because God will always perform beyond your faith.