“It takes a tremendous amount of faith and courage to act as he has,” our friend shared. The topic of our discussion centered upon Pastor Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean pastor who has inspired his nation to take hold of and live according to the values of their national flag and the truths of Scripture.
The Zimbabwean flag is a symbol of the people
- of independence
- of peace and progress
- of blessing and resource
- and of blood and sacrifice.
As I have considered these distinctions of the Zimbabwean flag, are not these also – assets of faith?
A simple definition of faith comes from Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Faith is the bedrock of our hope.
In faith, we are released from sin’s entrapment and bondage as a result of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In faith, we rest in the peace and unity of Christ.
In faith, we progress forward in confidence that our Savior is with us – by our side – always.
In faith, we experience His blessings and enjoy the richness of His Presence.
In faith, we count the cost of our obedience and trust – knowing that this world is not our home and that there will be both physical and spiritual opposition now and in the future.
Are we taking hold of these faith assets in our lives – today?
In my daily reading of Romans 12, I have been pondering this question for about two weeks:
What is my measure of faith?
What is the measure of faith others have in this world?
Does the measure of faith I have make a difference in the way I live out my life?
Romans 12:3 states
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. New American Standard Bible, Romans 12:3
I understand that I am not the center of the universe. I’m a mere human – one of billions on this planet – that only a few know and only a few take notice of in this world. I’m grateful for the few that do – believe me! Yet, I am not compelled to think of myself as anything more than a child of God. My identity comes solely through Christ.
A central point of this passage is that it is God who is Mr. BIG, Lord of All, the Creator of the Universe. It is He who distributes measures of faith to His people through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Paul writes, But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. New International Version, Ephesians 4:7
Our God distributes His gifts to us in a certain measure – an allotment of His grace, an allowance of His joy, an endowment of His mercy, a portion of His patience, and so much more – all established and founded in faith as we place our trust and hope in His Son, Jesus Christ. His storehouses of faith are infinite!
As a result, our measure of faith has the potential to grow and expand!
Our relationship with Christ, our knowledge of Scripture, our experiences in life, and our conscious decision to abide in His Presence have the ability to increase our measure of faith as we grow and mature in Christ.
I imagine that Pastor Evan’s faith measure has increased in the past week – as well as the Zimbabwean people – as they each chose to hold onto and abide in the comfort, strength, and grace of their Savior and Lord. May they continue!
At least this is what I think, based upon what I see from many Zimbabweans with their courageous position of prayer, glorious songs of praise, non-violent actions, and yes, measure of faith in their God.
What about the rest of us?
What measure of faith have we been allotted and are we utilizing to its full capacity?
I truly wonder.
For if we took hold of whatever measure of faith we have – right now – I think we would be far less fearful of others and of the future. Our decisions would be based upon God’s leading and not upon our own desires and need for control and power.
We would dip into the measure of faith that God has given us and it would be enough for this time, this place, and for this purpose!
I’m seeing some amazing people do such a thing in Zimbabwe – with ‘so much less’ than most in this world.
What about us?
Will we immerse ourselves into the measure of faith we have and show others in our sphere of influence – wherever we are in this world – what riches of joy, what splendors of peace, what blessings of goodness, what treasures of grace, what abundance of hope, and what amazing assets of faith – we enjoy in Christ?
Honestly, this world, our world, needs to see and be inspired by this kind of faith life. Don’t we want others to say of us, “Wow, look at their amazing measure of faith!” and be emboldened to do the same as they trust in Christ?
It begins with us!