Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Jesus ask a very interesting question. Will He find faith on the earth when He returns? When I was a young Christian I thought I had faith. Why did I think I had faith? Well it was sort of a Christian catch phrase that I understood. It’s sort of like many things we Christians think we know but really don’t.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Having faith is more than hope. Faith is the substance of the things we hope for. It is the EVIDENCE of things not seen. Substance and evidence are material. They are tangible real things that can become proof of what we have hoped for. Christ was not only speaking of the world but about the church. Will He find proof, substance, evidence in the church?
I now have faith that God heals. I have this faith because I have been healed of many, many things. Here is a partial list: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, two bad disc in my back, a torn rotator cuff, sleep apnea, obesity and more. These things are the evidence of what I had hoped for. Now I can say I have faith that God heals.
Sunday night I preached about “Death – The final plague of man” In this I made the statement that death is the ultimate test of our faith. It becomes the evidence of everything I have preached. Jesus has all faith. He said that He would be raised from the grave on the third day and He was. One of the things that Jesus wants to do with us Christians is to instill faith. This faith comes from tests and other things which comes our way that God moves in and delivers us from. Our first building block of faith must come from the Bible. All of the things that God has done in the past, through His dealings with man, become points to build our faith. Now if I tell you that I can walk on water the first thing most people will say is “prove it”. One of two things will happen. I’ll either sink or walk. We as Christians often fear tests of our faith because we doubt. Jesus’ disciples had a little problem one day casting our demons.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Notice that it wasn’t that the demonic forces were too strong that they couldn’t cast the demons out. Jesus plainly says that the reason was their unbelief. They had seen Jesus do it, they had done it but through doubt the faith they had was canceled out.
The church, in general, today lacks faith because they don’t walk daily in faith. They let little things shake them to the point there is very little evidence of what they preach. God heals, He delivers, He sets people free, He saves and He empowers. I know these things because the Bible says so AND I have the evidence to back it up. Do you know God also makes the way for Churches to witness, to win souls, to tear down strongholds and to overcome the powers of the world. I know this, the Bible says these things yet I see a church that is weak and without power because there is little evidence of what they preach within or without the walls of their churches.
Will Christ find faith in His church when He returns for them. The question should first be ask to the individual, to you and me. Can Christ find faith in me. Let me ask you is your faith increasing or decreasing. There is nothing wrong with asking for your faith to grow.
Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
I believe but help the areas I don’t have faith yet. I admit that I thought I had faith until it was challenged by a lack of evidence. Growing in Spirit also means growing in faith. If we continue in Christ we must also continue to grow not only in our faith but what we allow God to do through us. If we do then Christ indeed might find the faith of a grain of mustard when He returns.