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; one common, the other not so much.
We are all familiar with the 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 faith doesn’t help anyone because it is nothing more than simple mental assent. This is not real faith but lies that masquerade 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 have?
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 rare and valuable.
Real faith is expensive. It will cost a person everything they own. Many argue that real faith isn’t worth the high cost yet never pay the price to find out. That’s the funny thing about faith. You will never understand how valuable real faith is unless you give up everything to obtain it.
As people who have given everything to gain faith like Abraham, Moses, David, Job, Jeremiah, Paul and countless others, let me say real 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. Real faith, expensive and rare, is worth every sacrifice because He is worth every sacrifice.
The question is what kind of faith would you like to own?
Homer and Wanda