As I lay in bed this morning, talking with Jesus, our conversation drifted lazily to the subject of faith. We discussed the two types of faith in our world; the common, ordinary faith and the other not so much. God showed me there is a real difference between cheap faith vs. expensive faith.

Cheap faith

Uncompromising Faith - Cheap Faith - Broken furnitureWe are all familiar with common faith. This faith you can buy at any local church for a few shekels. This is the cheap IKEA brand of faith. You know the kind. Faith that is quick, easy, and if you put any pressure on it breaks into a pile of garbage. This is the faith hawked on TV, in social media platform jingles and quotes plus endless church podiums. It costs little and is worth less.

Uncompromising Faith Cheap Faith IKEAThis faith doesn’t help anyone because it is nothing more than simple mental assent. It is as dead as the pharaohs. Common faith isn’t real faith but masquerades as faith. As soon as God tests us, when the storms of life blow, cheap faith disappears like a dandelion in the wind. Is this the faith Jesus wants us to pursue?

Expensive faith

Uncompromising Faith Cheap Faith Sotheby'sWe then talked about the other kind of faith. The rare, expensive type of faith like something you could only find at Sotheby’s. This is hard to find in our world because real faith is something few consider worth pursuing. There are not many who will pay the price for this type of faith, hence its rarity. Very few throughout history have walked in this type of faith precisely because of its great cost.

Real faith is expensive. It will cost a person everything they own. Many that argue expensive faith isn’t worth the high cost have never paid the price to find out. They remain spiritual paupers yet lecture the rest of humanity about how useless it is to pursue real faith. Their faith in man trumps any faith they may have in their Creator.

The funny thing about the whole process of following Jesus is you never understand how valuable costly faith is unless you give up everything to obtain it. Such is the life of an overcomer.

Forerunners of faith

As people who have given everything to gain faith like Abraham, Moses, David, Job, Jeremiah, Paul and countless others, let me say expensive faith is worth the price. Real faith will not break in a storm but only gets stronger as it is tested. Expensive faith is the anchor that holds us to Jesus when satan comes howling at our door. Costly faith, unlike cheap faith, is expensive, rare and worth every sacrifice because Jesus is worth every sacrifice.

The question is what kind of faith would you like to own?


Homer and Wanda

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. G.W. ?

    “You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.” Ps. 139.5

    1. Homer Les

      Excellent! Yes He does hem us in and lay His hand on us. Thank you very much for this great reminder!

  2. Pure Glory

    6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

    Real faith is costly. Abraham left his country, believed for his son of promise and bound him on the altar because he believed God. It cost him over and over but he was a friend of God. Rare faith in God!

    1. Homer Les

      Amen! Thank you for that most wonderful reminder!

  3. Jennifer Arimborgo

    I love this analogy. Yes, our purified, strengthened faith is so much more precious, and expensive, than gold. And how exquisitely worth it is to sell everything to buy the field!

    1. Homer Les

      Very true Jennifer! We can think of nothing in this world even remotely comparable to Jesus in value and worth.

  4. abilyn3

    Great post! So true! God bless you!

      1. abilyn3



    Very informative post, l learned about this just the other day as my mum was ill. God bless you. Thanks for sharing ❤

    1. Homer Les

      Thank you and bless you too! We pray that your mum will find the health the Father has for her.


        Thank you kindly, Amen.

  6. Hepsibah

    Amen! Real faith is Most Holy Faith and Faith of the Son of God!

  7. Matilda

    That I may have the real faith Lord?…beautifully written.You spoke to me?


    1. Homer Les

      Matilda you are special and beautiful, a treasure of our King, Your faith is an inspiration to me. It is I who owe you a debt of gratitude. We rarely see faith in young people but we want so much to encourage you as you walk with Jesus. You have a lifetime ahead of you. Each day, as you follow Him, commit yourself to listen to His voice alone and obey immediately. If you follow Him carefully you will have a full and abundant life. You will know the One who created you like few do and be an inspiration to all you encounter.

      You are a blessing Matilda just because you are alive. Thank you!

  8. Lily Pierce

    Awesome analogy! This one’s going to stick with me. “Do you have IKEA faith, or can your faith withstand the pressures and storms of life?”

    1. Homer Les

      Awesome! Thank you Lily! Blessings to you!

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