Five times Jesus made this accusation against his disciples. And what about this puzzling question asked by Jesus, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1)? What is the problem that our faith can be seen as small when we have been Christians all our lives? That question really is rooted in another one which we need to ask and answer.
Q: How did we obtain the faith required to be a Christian to start with?
A: How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10:14-15).
Explanation: We became Christians because someone proclaimed (preached, taught) Jesus to us and we developed faith. Read verse 17 of Rom. 10 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” We heard the word of Christ and faith came. No word, no faith.
We started out like infants. The word was milk for us so that we could grow in our faith (1 Peter 2:2). Like all babies we grew as a result of that milk. Then the day came that we had to be weaned of the milk and moved on to solid food. Some of us found that difficult. We liked the milk, we felt we were mature enough, or some other nourishment was offered. We either continued our milk diet or quit eating all together. We cannot reach maturity on milk nor without eating a proper diet.
Little faith is the result of little food. The Hebrew writer speaks of this when he says, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (5:13,14).
Why is our faith weak? We don’t eat the right food. We skip meals, i.e. Bible Study, Preaching services, Wednesday classes, daily reading, serious study, sharing the word and on and on. Your faith cannot grow strong if you don’t eat the proper food in the proper amount. Strong faith comes from eating the Word of Life. My flesh is true food, he said. To eat the word is to partake of his flesh, for he is the real (true) manna.
Christians, get off the diet. Eat the word. Grow strong.