When Christians discuss the concept of faith, they quickly realize that God seems to pour more blessings onto the ones who have the most faith. And while we need to discuss the levels of faith among ourselves so we can learn and grow, it can present some serious issues if we don’t understand what faith is. We can adopt a feeling of animosity towards the ones who have great faith, or adhere to the thoughts that God isn’t fair and that He likes them better than us. We need to understand what faith is so we don’t have to ask the question, does God love some of us more than others?
Faith is the trust we have in God. It’s the substance that allows us to seek after God with our heart and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It’s our confidence in God and our belief that the Bible is His written words of communication with us.
When we trust God with our whole heart for something, nothing becomes impossible to us. Jesus said in Matthew 17:10 that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could speak to the mountain and cast it into the sea. And although most of us don’t have that much faith, it IS possible to get it.
But we don’t get it because the overpowering influences and the circumstances in this world work hard to make sure we don’t get that much faith. We live in a world controlled by the devil, and within the elements, laws and prevailing conditions of his rule that take pre-eminence over every situation in our natural lives. So our faith is never as dynamic as it could be, yet there are many Christians who fight their battles with their limited faith and seem to progress more than others.
Is it favoritism on God’s part? Does He let some Christians have more faith than others? Does He just like some Christians more than others?
No, not at all. Some Christians receive more from God because they truly love the Lord and are committed to Him, and they are constantly seeking God and increasing their faith and trust in Him.
John 3:16 says that God loved the world – that means He loved every single person who ever lived on earth with the same amount of love – and He gave His only Son as a sacrifice so that whoever would believe on Him and accept this sacrifice would have everlasting life. He didn’t say only the rich and famous, or only certain cultures, or only the healthy and good-looking – He said “whoever” - meaning that each and every one of us from Adam and Eve forward has the same preference or opportunity to accept what Jesus did on the cross and to live within the freedom and blessings that come with it.
Some Christians get the love that’s in this verse and study the Bible with fervency. They accept God as their reason for living and enjoy worshipping and praising Him. Every day their desire to know everything there is to know about Him grows and the relationship between them and God develops into something beautiful based on love, trust and faith. When they have a need they believe that God will provide it and He does. God is able to bless them because they have faith in Him.
Others just receive the verse as their ticket to Heaven. They accept that Jesus died on the cross for them but they can’t fully understand the whole concept of the cross, and so they stay in an attitude of content just knowing that they have a home in Heaven. But when they need something from God – healing, finances, help in a situation – they dive right into prayer and expect God to just zap an answer. And when He doesn’t, they say that God has favorites.
But that is the furthest thing from the truth. They don’t know God and haven’t bothered to know Him even though they attend church just as often as the ones who live for God. So, their prayers either don’t get answered or if they do they take a long time to come and then it’s not exactly what was expected.
And it’s not because God loves any particular Christian more than another; it’s because He is able to show His love to some Christians more than others.
When we have faith in God, we please Him. Why? Because faith allows us to know God, and the more we know Him the more we love and trust Him. And the more faith we have, the greater our understanding becomes and the more freely we are able to worship and honor Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow His teachings. God sees our heart, and it’s the faith inside our heart that pleases Him. He is able to bless us because He knows that we are able to receive the blessings.
God doesn’t favor one Christian over another because He loves us all with the same unconditional love. But He can bless some of us more easily than others because our hearts and minds have faith in Him and love for Him, and we are able to accept from blessings from Him.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” … Hebrews 11:6