The story is told of a pastor many years ago who was visiting one of his church members as she was nearing death. As this pastor sat at her bedside, the woman confessed to him that she was afraid to die. She went on to say, “Pastor, I just don’t know if my faith is strong enough.”
The pastor then replied to this woman, “To hell with your faith; look to your Savior!”
Although that may seem like a very shocking response, it got right to the heart of the problem: her focus was in the wrong place. She was focused on herself rather than her Savior. How often don’t we do the same? That’s why God gave us the following warning: “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The Devil wants to lead us away from God in any way he can. Many times he does that not by making us question God, but rather by leading us to question our own faith.
Is my faith strong enough? If my salvation was based on the strength of my faith, I would never be confident that it was; I would always have doubts.
But thankfully salvation is not based on me or the strength of my faith. For the Bible tells us, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible also says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
When it comes to salvation, there is no such thing as weak faith or strong faith; there is simply saving faith. And what is saving faith? It’s trust in Jesus as Savior. Jesus died and rose again for the sins of the world. Faith is what connects us to the blessings of the cross and the empty tomb. Simply put: faith in Jesus saves!
As Christians, we will always want to keep growing and getting stronger in our faith. The Apostle Peter encourages us, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Yet, as we grow in our faith, we remember that what matters for salvation is not the strength of our faith, but rather the strength of our Savior. Therefore, if you ever begin to doubt your salvation, if you ever begin to question if your faith is strong enough, remember the encouragement from that pastor, “To hell with your faith; look to your Savior!” Don’t focus on yourself! Keep your focus always where it needs to be: on Jesus, who died for your sins and rose again for your forgiveness and salvation!
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