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.
We 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.
This 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?
We 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