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Our Allotment Of Faith


"Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" (Romans 12:3 NIV).  What does "according to the measure of faith God has given you" mean? 


Our English word "faith" is translated from the Greek word "pistis" in this verse and throughout the New Testament.  Pistis means trust; a trust that is based on one's assurance in the ability that something or someone claims to possess.  For example, when you sit in a chair, you trust the chair will not collapse. 


Holman's Bible Dictionary defines Biblical faith as "a trusting commitment of one person to another."  As it applies to Jesus, faith is a trusting commitment to Jesus.  It's the assurance that we can trust Him with our lives.  Faith is resting in His ability, not our ability.  


Paul said that God gives us faith.  In other words, He enables us to trust Jesus.  This tells me that we have no capacity to generate genuine faith on our own.  We are that depraved (Jeremiah 17:9).  We can't even approach Jesus without God's assistance (John 6:65).  For this reason God has to enable us to trust Jesus.     


Paul said that God gives us the ability to trust Jesus in measure, or in allotted proportions.  Not all of us have the same ability to trust Jesus.  In context, both when and how much God enables us to trust Jesus is determined by our placement and responsibilities in the Body of Christ.  Some responsibilities require more ability to trust in Jesus than others.  If this is a new thought for you, read the next few verses beyond Romans 12:3.       


You might wonder how God gives us the ability to trust Jesus more than we presently do.  The answer may be unsettling.  It's found in 1 Peter 1:6 to 10.  "Now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith may be proven genuine."  If you desire to trust Jesus more than you presently do, don't blame the devil for your troubles.  God allows trials to come your way to test your trust in Jesus.  In the midst of the struggle you're presented with the option to trust Jesus or to trust ourselves.  If you choose Jesus, His Spirit will enable you to submit to God's will despite the trial.  When it's all said and done, you'll trust Jesus more than ever.  Then, sooner or later, another test of trust will come your way and the process begins all over again.        


Faith is the ability to trust our lives to Jesus, something we do not have the capacity to do on our own.  God, therefore, enables us to trust Jesus in allotted measurements according to our God given responsibilities in the Body of Christ.  If you are serious about faith in Jesus, God will test your trust, and if you're willing, He'll enable you to pass the test.  You'll end up trusting Jesus more than you presently do.           


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