I love rubber bands. They are one of the greatest inventions ever! They are simple, practical, and useful. And, while there are many uses for them, one of the most basic functions of rubber bands is to hold a group of objects together.
I always keep a rubber band around my wrist. You never know when you might need one! But my habit took on new meaning this past year when my friend and teammate, who also wears one around his wrist, offered me a challenge. When I asked him why he wore his rubber band, he said that it was a constant reminder that God wanted to stretch him daily.
I was converted on the spot! Rubber bands are pretty useless unless they are stretched. When they are extended beyond their standard form, they can hold things together and accomplish their purpose. After hearing his reasoning, I began to look at my rubber band as a reminder to have rubber-band faith.
Stretch Your Faith Like a Rubber Band.
Think about it. Faith is much like a rubber band in that it is useless unless it is stretched. Our faith needs to be tested, because when we step out of our comfort zone, it is expanded. Scripture tells us that Jesus was astonished only twice-once for a man’s great faith (Matthew 8:5-10) and once for a group’s lack of it (Mark 6:4-6). The Roman commander in Matthew had so much faith that he asked Jesus to just speak words of healing and his servant would be made well. Jesus’ response was, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Matthew 8:10). That’s rubber-band faith.
I think we all need to examine our level of faith and ask ourselves if it is getting stronger or weaker. When we are willing to step out and stretch ourselves, God shows up and does what we can’t do. We need to keep putting ourselves in situations where we whisper, “God, if You don’t show up, I am bound to fail. I can’t do this on my own strength.”
As followers of Christ, we are all blessed with talents and skills to perform certain things at a high level. It’s hard to have rubber band faith when we rely too much on our own strength and abilities. We need to step out of our own way and ask the Lord to stretch us daily. When we have rubber band faith, we will immediately respond, “God did it!” instead of, “I did it!”
So, What’s The Play Call?
True faith begins at the edge of your comfort zone. Be bold and courageous and step out, letting God extend you. Trust me, you were made to be stretched. Think about it:
- In your own words, how would you define rubber-band faith?
- When has your faith been stretched the most? How did God show up?
- As a competitor, how can you play with rubber-band faith? How can you live with rubber-band faith?
- Read Mark 6:4-6. Why was Jesus astonished? What can you learn from this passage?