Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
All Christians have faith. Hebrews 13:1 tells us: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” None of us saw Jesus walk upon the earth. We have only what is written to account for His life. It takes faith to accept this and trust that Jesus is the source of forgiveness of our sins.
Few have the kind of faith that Jesus speaks of here. For evidence, all you need to do is sit in a board meeting and propose doing something expensive and watch people wonder where the money will come from. Far too often the question is not whether this is something God wants the church to do but whether they can afford it.
Faith obviously has its limitations in that it must be grounded in common sense. Faith is not jumping off the roof and trusting that God will teach you to fly. But it is about moving out of your comfort zone.
A person with the gift of faith has an extraordinary ability to leave things in God’s hands when nothing can be done here on earth. But faith doesn’t mean leaving everything up to God. It also means that we’re working where we can to make things happen. Where we can’t, we hand it over to God and acknowledge that only He can do it.