Is faith something that some people have and others don't—just like some people have blond hair and others don't? I'd like to have faith in God, but I've almost decided that I'm never going to have it because I wasn't born with it. What would you say? — L.F.
Have you ever planted a seed? You probably have—but what did it take for it to sprout and grow? It didn't just happen; it took sun and fertile soil and the right amount of water.
This is similar to the way faith grows in our hearts, for faith is somewhat like a seed. When we hear the Gospel, the Bible says God by His Spirit sows a seed in our hearts—the "seed" of faith. Jesus put it this way: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field" (Matthew 13:24).
But how does that seed of faith grow? It grows only as we encourage it and provide the right environment for it. It grows only as we water and fertilize it. How do we do that? By letting God's Word—the message of the Gospel—fill our lives. The Bible puts it this way: "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Begin your journey of faith today by turning to Christ and asking Him to come into your life. Then nurture your faith by making the Bible part of your life every day. In addition, turn often to God in prayer; the Bible says, "Pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Most of all, seek out a church where Christ is honored and you can be strengthened through your fellowship with other believers.