Day 11: Measures

31 STORIES OF FAITH ADVENTURES

DAY 11:  MEASURES - EMPTY HANDED ADVENTURES

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
— Romans 12:3 ESV

This phrase, measure of faith, is one of those words in scripture that causes me to stop and ponder.  An idea that brings me to selah.  Selah, which is used 74 times in Psalms and Habakkuk, is a Hebrew word that translates to "pause, and think of that."

This scripture tells me that my faith is assigned by God, and that he measures it out for me.

Why does God give us faith?

Faith brings salvation.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
— Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.”  That sentence is so weighty.  It holds the essence of the gospel.  At the same time that sentence is so light, because it is freeing all of our weight.  It frees us from the urge to try hard.  It frees us from our humanly urge to brag or think highly of ourselves.

The only act required of us for salvation is belief.  And we don’t even pull that off on our own.  Faith is handed to us by God.

We come to God empty handed.  He gives us faith, and he gives us grace.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
— Ephesians 4:7 ESV

Just enough.  Those are the words that come to mind when I think of this phrase about measure.  God gives us these gifts of faith and grace, and the God who made us know exactly how much we need.

So what happens when we come to those days, those problems, when our faith seems lacking?

We ask.

The belief that God can save us requires faith, and the belief that God can do anything requires faith.

I love this verse in Mark.  A man comes to Jesus because his son needs healing.  He desperately asks Jesus for faith.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’
— Mark 9:24 ESV

Jesus didn’t condone this man for lack of faith.  Jesus healed his son.

When we lack faith, God is not surprised by it.  And when we lack faith, God can supply it.  And when we receive the faith he gives us, God is honored by it.

Rarely is anyone in scripture celebrated for anything but faith.  And that faith isn’t something that they manufactured.  Like the verse in Ephesians says, “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  That faith is assigned by God, a gift from him.  When they trust God, God is exalted.  When you trust God, God is praised.  He is given the reverence and adoration that only He deserves.  You accept faith from him, and in that act, He is worshiped.

Worship with me.