Not the degree, but the object.

This was a vivid illustration from Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God, demonstrating that the object of one’s faith is more important than the degree or amount of one’s faith:

Imagine you are on a high cliff and you lose your footing and begin to fall. Just beside you as you fall is a branch sticking out of the very edge of the cliff. It is your only hope and it is more than strong enough to support your weight. How can it save you? If your mind is filled with intellectual certainty that the branch can support you, but you don’t actually reach out and grab it, you are lost. If your mind is instead filled with doubts and uncertainty that the branch can hold you, but you reach out and grab it anyway, you will be saved. Why? It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. Strong faith in  a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch. (234)

Even the smallest mustard seed of faith is enough for God to credit to the sinner Jesus’ righteousness.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Billy on December 30, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    I can never get enough of that, thank God that Jesus is more than a sturdy branch.

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