Saving Faith

“He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.’” Luke 17:6
Saving Faith needs to grow in us. But not in the way a seed grows to maturity. Faith must take root in our hearts—we must grow in our ability to let faith really grab us. It is never a question of how large or how mature our faith; it is a question of having it or not.
          I am talking about saving faith—not just mental assent. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.” So even demons believe; but it is not a faith that saves them.
          The Great Blondin stretched a tightrope across Niagara Falls and asked a visiting official if he believed he could carry someone across the falls in a wheelbarrow. The official said “yes”, at which Blondin replied, “Get in”.
Saving faith has action; it is either or—either you believe and would stake your life on it or you don’t. Jesus talked about other kinds of faith—like when the disciples were afraid because of the storm—and said “oh you little faiths!” as a rebuke. But saving faith is either or; you cannot have just a little.
So if someone says, “you don’t measure up”, you say, “yes you are right—thank God that Jesus has measured up for me.” Saving faith is getting in the wheelbarrow; it is staking our life on a faith that says that if Jesus doesn’t save me, I am forever, eternally lost because I cannot save myself. That’s saving faith.
-Pastor Dino Griffin