Monday, January 7, 2013

Is weak faith enough to save?

Yes, weak faith is enough to save because the most important thing about faith is not faith at all, but the object of our faith — Jesus Christ!  My pastor tells a story about three people on an airplane which illustrates this point very well.

“In the seat by the aisle is a businessman who flies all the time. In the seat in the middle is a student flying on her own for the first time. In the seat by the window is an old lady who has never flown before, and is already vowing that she will never fly again.

As the plane taxis to the runway, the businessman takes out his paper, the student in the middle is slightly on edge, and the old lady is holding onto the seat white-knuckled with fear.

When the lunch is served, the businessman eats the lot, the student eats about half, and the old lady can’t watch. She has her nose in the barf bag. Here’s the amazing thing: All three of them arrive in exactly the same place at precisely the same time, though their flights were enjoyed (or not enjoyed) in varying degrees.

Why? It’s not your degree of confidence, but the trustworthiness of the plane that will get you there.”

In like manner, our arrival in heaven does not depend on the degree of confidence we have in Christ, but on the Christ in whom we have placed our faith. Therefore, if we are in Christ, our destination is secure. Weak faith will get us there just as surely as strong faith, because it is Christ who saves us, not our faith.

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph 2:8-9).


  1. Good post! The enemy would like us to believe that our faith really wasn't strong enough to “seal the deal” and thereby causing us to continually doubt our salvation. A doubting Christian is an ineffective and often defeated Christian, the best the enemy can hope for. That old lady, in fear and trembling and with faith no bigger than a mustard seed, got on the plane! From that moment her salvation was secure.

  2. Well said! I couldn't agree with you more!

  3. And those who preach that small faith isn't enough to save — always wanting to add works into the mix in order to get people to live right — are shooting themselves in the foot. What they're actually doing is causing Christians to doubt their salvation, making them ineffectual.