This is the final post answering the questions that were texted in on February 25. Be sure you go and check part 1, part 2, and part 3 for more answers. If you still have questions, email us and we will do our best to help!
1. I don’t have anywhere near as much faith as the people around me. What can I do?
Most people have less faith than you may think. Jesus repeatedly referred to the generation at large as having very little or no faith (Mark 9:19). We live in a cynical world, in fact the Apostles themselves asked Jesus to increase their faith (Luke 17:5-6). Jesus told them if they had faith as big as a mustard seed (which is really tiny!) they would be able to move mountains. The bible says in a straightforward way how to increase our faith – “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17) It’s important to note what the object of our faith is – not a what, but a Who – Jesus Christ. If you’re dealing with doubt, (or with someone who is), you may want to check out “The Case for Faith” by Lee Strobel or “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.
2. What do I do when others mock me for believing?
It can be painful and even infuriating to have others mock and disrespect your faith. The best approach to dealing with this would be the three P’s:
Prayer – The bible says we are to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us. Regardless of how the mocking may hurt and/or anger us, we can’t give in to it. Instead, we lift up those who mock us in prayer, knowing Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was for them too, and He loves them just like He loves us.
Preparation – Just because someone attacks or mocks your faith, it doesn’t mean you have to be their doormat. “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you”. (1 Peter 3:15) Spend some time building up your knowledge of why you believe what you believe and learn the significant evidences which support your faith. Books like “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller are a good place to start.
Perseverance – It’s not an easy road, building a relationship with someone who mocks your faith, but hanging in there and continuing to show the love of Christ can make a difference in them you might never see otherwise. All things happen in God’s time, not ours. Be patient.
3. How do we hear Jesus speak to us?
First, it’s clear God has spoken to us, first through ancestors and the prophets and then through Jesus. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Many are anxious to hear God speak, but often we miss all he has already spoken to us through the bible which is inspired by God and is useful for life in all areas. (2 Timothy 3:16) Jesus says, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31)
The simplest way to hear Jesus speak to you is to open the Bible, read the Gospels and let His words…Speak.