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Our Measure Of Faith

Q. In Romans 12:3, it speaks of “the measure of Faith” God has given us.  My question is: do we all get the same “measure” of Faith, or are some of us given a bigger or smaller measure? Some of us are called to serve in areas where I would think they would need a very large measure of Faith.

A. We are all gifted with the faith to believe (Ephes 2:8-9) when we ask the Lord to save us.  Then  we’re instructed to make that faith grow, through the study of God’s word (Romans 10:17) and through living by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).   Doing these things will increase our faith.

Paul used the phrase “measure of faith” within the context of introducing different gifts the Lord has given us through which our faith can manifest itself (Romans 12:3-5).  Therefore, I think the phrase “measure of faith” refers to these special gifts that God has “measured out” to each of us, rather than implying that we may have been given a different amount of faith than someone else.

Paul described these gifts in Romans 12:6-8;

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  

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