Over the last decade, we have witnessed the trend of smaller-everything. Smaller phones, compact cars, minimalist furniture, even the desired female figure has changed from the days of Marilyn Monroe to today’s catwalk look. Skinny lattes, chicken salads without the chicken, substitute chocolate (shudder), whey proteins, banting all for the purpose of being smaller.
While there is a place for small things there is always a purpose for big. Would you rather watch a movie on a handheld device or on a big screen? If someone gave me a small glass of wine I’d be disappointed. Big is often better.
God’s presence in our lives should be big. The weight of His Word over our lives should be bigger than the words of others. We have a God without borders, without limits. Our own faith puts limits on His impact on our lives.
Matthew 8:25-27 tells the story of the disciples and Jesus in a storm: “And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Faith is an intrinsic aspect of Christianity. The word ‘faith’ appears 336 times in the KJV (depending on the Bible version you use it may be more or less) – that is a significant number. If faith weren’t important it would not feature as much. Why is it important? Because FAITH turns a dark day into a light one. Faith is what moves people to tears when their faith is realised. Stepping out in faith gives courage to the most timid heart. Faith enables you to take a stand in what you believe in. Faith enables you to forgive and to love.
Matthew 17:20 reads, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
If faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, imagine what our faith could achieve if it were bigger!
Over the last few years we have seen a rising tide of terrorism; extremists so strongly opposed to Christianity that they are choosing to kill innocent people in what they feel is a “cleansing”.
People are fleeing their homes with the clothes on their backs and small children in their arms to escape these small groups of people. More recently hundreds of people have been killed in Beirut and Paris, the list is endless and the tales heartbreaking.
It’s a sad world and can so easily overwhelm us, so easily dampen our faith in both humanity and God.
What does this have to do with you? Everything. While these bombs may not be on your doorstep, the shrapnel of what they stand for is finding its way into the hearts of people across the world. People are asking where God is in all of this. God is everywhere. God is in YOU. Faith is being tested, and God is urging us to have BIG faith. To move mountains.
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn’t darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.”
— Luke 11:33–36, World English Bible
We are told to be a body full of light. A small torch won’t prevent ships from running aground but a big lighthouse will. As Christians we are required by God to love, to not kill, to forgive and to spread the Word.
We need to be bigger than these bombs.
We need to shine The Way.