When I started playing sports as a little kid, I loved the game. I got a jersey that showed I was a part of the team, hung around the great players in hopes to rise to their level, and got involved every chance I had. I didn’t want to spend my time as an athlete just being a part of the team – I wanted to help the team win! I wanted to be a part of making a difference with my abilities and love of the game. I wanted to move from a tack-hammer player to a jack-hammer player; developing my potential to make a bigger impact and do amazing things.
Our life as a believer is a lot like the illustration of a hammer and nail, with grace as the nail and faith as the hammer. In Matthew 16, Jesus said he was going to build his Church out of people who take their faith and place it in the right object. Even a small tack-hammer used on a nail can get the job done, but if we want to make a real difference in the world with our lives, we’ll want to increase the hammer-size, or have a greater measure of faith. Imagine the amazing things we could do with the power of a jack-hammer compared to that tack-hammer!
Faith isn’t something God just gives us to lay dormant in our life. We are all given a measure of faith, much like a tack-hammer, but we have the opportunity to grow our faith to maximize it for all it’s worth! We can grow our faith from tack-hammer to jack-hammer by inspiring it. By getting around people with big faith, we become inspired to stretch and build our own faith. Your faith can inspire others too! Jesus inspired and lifted people no matter how far they were from hitting the bullseye with their life. The way we invest our resources into others and encourage them on their faith journey can both inspire their faith, and build our own. When we go out on a limb of faith and see God do what he says he will do, our faith is built in the process.
Mark 2:2-5—While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
The man in this story believed in Jesus because his faith-filled friends inspired him by going great lengths to get to Jesus! Get around people who believe God is going to something, then watch as your faith grows from tack-hammer to jack-hammer. See, jack-hammer faith isn’t build by being a spectator. It’s developed as a kingdom-player, actively involved in the mission! Participation allows us to learn as we actively engage in the process: trying, failing, strengthening, developing.. It’s just like growing your muscles at the gym or your skills in a sport.
We want everyone to by equipped to hear “Well done, faithful one,” come the end of our life here on earth. Take steps towards fulfilling your purpose and maximizing your faith! Move your measure of faith from tack-hammer to jack-hammer, apply and develop it to the fullest potential, and make an eternal difference with your life.