2 Thessalonians 1:3
“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;”
Faith is probably one of the most important ingredients in every believer’s life. The Christian life is lived by faith. Everything that the LORD commands the believer to do takes some element of faith. For instance, you can’t have an effective prayer life without faith. You won’t be the soul winner you should be without faith. You will not pursue a ministry for the LORD without faith. It is faith that enables the believer to do anything for the LORD. This is why God makes it clear that your faith should grow. The phrase, “your faith groweth exceedingly” shows several things about faith that will help you as a believer to serve the LORD better.
First, faith has life. There must be life for anything to grow. In other words, the only reason your faith dies is because you are not feeding it. Something must be nourished to stay alive if it has life. The way you nourish your faith is by hearing God’s Word through preaching, and by reading God’s Word. My friend, your faith is going to die if you don’t feed it.
Second, God expects your faith to grow. You will notice that God pointed out the growing faith of these believers. Always remember that a faith that is not growing is a faith that is dying. For something to grow means that there is activity. Faith is not an inactive ingredient, but it is an active ingredient. You can’t sit and do nothing for the LORD and expect your faith to grow. One of the reasons you are to serve the LORD is so that you can grow your faith. You will never please the LORD if you are not growing your faith. An active faith will challenge you to do something you don’t normally do; therefore, if you are not doing anything right now that doesn’t challenge you, you are not growing your faith.
Third, faith groweth. The word “groweth” means to grow and grow and grow. In other words, faith is never to stop growing. The fact that it is faith implies that it continually grows. Faith that doesn’t grow is not faith. Therefore, once you stop challenging your faith, you are no longer living by faith, but you are living by sight, which will not please the LORD.
Fourth, faith that groweth will overflow on others. Notice the word “exceedingly” in the verse above. This implies that there is so much faith that you cannot contain it; it will spill out on others. You will find that when you start serving God by faith that it will cause others to want to serve the LORD. The greatest reason many ministries can’t get people to do anything is because they are not doing anything by faith. You are not living by faith if you keep on doing the same thing over and over again and never stretch yourself beyond your abilities. When you allow your faith to grow continually, you will find that God can use you to be a life-changer.
Fifth, faith that groweth is never focused on itself. The faith in the verse above focused on helping others become what God wanted them to be. You can’t live the life of faith and be selfish or self-focused. The easiest way to get over selfishness is to live a life of faith. My friend, if you struggle with everyone’s treatment of you, you are not living a life of faith. The life of faith is wrapped up in others. If you get yourself wrapped up in something bigger than you, you will find your life will have a faith that groweth.