A few years ago, a mentor of mine said to me, “Faith finds value in its object.”
Admittedly, at first I really didn’t understand what he was saying. I was too busy lamenting about some problem I was facing and I just blurted out, “I hope I have enough faith to believe God for this!”
He looked straight at me, and said these now, memorable words: “Your faith is as strong and sure, as the one that you are putting it in.”
Hebrews 10:23 proclaims, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
Unswervingly: without doubt or hesitation.
Too often the object of my faith is not the one who has promised (Jesus).
Too often the object of my faith is myself.
Too often it’s circumstances or a problem.
I hesitate and doubt because I put my faith in the wrong object. Faith finds value in its object. Your faith will be as faithful as the object is.
I can’t hold onto my own promises; I know others and myself too well. I can only hold onto the One who has, is and will be faithful.
Who or what is the consistent object of your faith? That’s how valuable your faith is…
Chris Payne is the Senior Pastor of New Charlotte Church, launched in 2010, and has been ministering in the city of Charlotte for 14 years. Chris is a graduate of Liberty University and received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell. He is currently working toward his doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling. He is married to Jen and they recently celebrated their 11-year anniversary. They are the proud parents of Jackson, Maryn and Faith and reside in Waxhaw, NC. You can read Chris’s blog at: http://newcharlotte.org/media/chriss-blog.