The apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 2:2, wrote, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.” Here we see that spiritual growth is by the Word. But what I want to point out is that since faith is the foundation of Christian life, when we grow spiritually, which is by the Word, our faith grows too. Our spiritual growth is always a growth of faith. And so we grow from faith to faith (Rom. 1:17). Just as we were saved by faith, we live the Christian life by faith; and at every point we are to continue to live by faith—“from faith to faith.”
Now the question is, why do some people have very little faith (their faith doesn’t seem to grow), while others have great faith (their faith grows and grows)? Here are…
Four Reasons Why Some Remain In Their Little Faith And Why Others Have Such Great Faith
1. There is a difference in their understanding of salvation. Those who have little faith thank God for their salvation, rest in their salvation, and even claim a few good promises, but they go no further. They fail to realize the implication of salvation and their position in Christ. The one who has great faith realizes more and more, every day, by his study of the Word and prayer, how much God loves him and how great an inheritance he has.
2. There is a difference in their pursuits and goals. Those who have little faith do not think much about God. Their faith is very sporadic. They think about God and believe God only when it is convenient—not very often. Their ordinary conversation and pursuits are worldly and quite selfish. They think and worry most about their own personal needs and their wealth and position. Those who posses great faith are not so concerned about the things of this earth or about their own possessions and needs; they care more about their relationship with God and about what He desires (Col. 3:1-2).
3. There is a difference in their commitment to the Word and prayer. The person who has little faith has no real commitment to God and to His Word and prayer. For him, most of the time, the Bible sits on the shelf—except, of course, when he needs it for church meetings. And, as for prayer, prayers are said mostly at family meals, and once in a while when trouble arises. But the person who has great faith feeds on the Word every day; and he takes his requests to God every day. His time in the Word has become a daily habit—but more then a habit, it is a holy passion and a joy. And prayer for him is a responsibility and a duty—but it is more then a duty; it is a time of rest and reflection. It is a time when he experiences God afresh, and is continually delighted by Him. This one is like Jeremiah the prophet, who declared to God, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jer. 15:16).
4. There is a difference in their commitment to obedience and holiness. The one who has little faith cares little for the things of God. His heart is full of pride and he is constantly grieving the Spirit. But the one who is great in faith is always serving the Lord no matter what the cost. He is like Stephen who was martyred. For it was said of Stephen that he was “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). Another example of a man who had great faith was the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant (Matt. 8: 5-10). From this story we understand clearly that his great faith was learned from his time in the military, when he was trained to trust and obey those over him without question. Hence, to have great faith like Stephen and like the Roman centurion we must learn obedience, especially to obey our commander God who will never let us down.