For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith– Romans 12:3
In the verse above, the Apostle Paul wasn’t referring to everybody in the world, but to us, the Church: “…the beloved of God, called to be saints…” (Romans 1:7). God has dealt to each one of us, the measure of faith: “…according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Notice he didn’t say, “a measure of faith.” He used the definite article “the” to show that there’s only one measure of faith, and He gave the same measure to everybody.
If the Scriptures had said, “God hath dealt to every man a measure of faith,” it would mean we were all given different measures of faith. However, that’s not the case. There’s only one measure of faith, and we were all served that definite measure at the new birth, but what you do with yours is your responsibility. You might ask, “If I already have the faith I require, why then did Jesus say in Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God”? Or as the margin says, “have the faith of God.”
You need to realize that the teachings of Jesus on faith as found in Matthew, Mark and Luke were for sense-knowledge men who weren’t born again. As a new creation, you’re born of the Word, with faith in your spirit. Faith came to you when you received the Gospel. That measure of faith was the same size given to every one of us. What you’re supposed to do is to use your faith and grow it. You increase your faith by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), but your faith grows stronger as you exercise it by acting on the Word.
Letting us know what you can do even with the least amount of faith, the Lord Jesus said, “…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Don’t think your faith is too small. No matter how small you think your faith is, it can move mountains. The faith that was imparted to your spirit when you were born again is powerful enough to do the impossible. Use it to change your world!
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word through which I increase my faith, and for the situations I face in life through which my faith is strengthened. I thank you for helping me build a world overcoming faith to prevail in any situation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1