Any of us who have ever been to a foreign country know that the U.S. Dollar is not accepted everywhere.
We can’t just walk into any restaurant or clothing store overseas and hand the clerk a twenty dollar bill expecting them to receive it. We will most likely run into complications, or be blatantly turned away. This is because we are carrying foreign currency. It is worth something back where we are from, but carries no weight where we are now.
In a way this is how the kingdom of God operates. We can’t expect foreign currency to work in His kingdom. The things that work in the world will not work in the kingdom of God. The world is moved by need, hard work, emotion and a laundry list of other things. God’s Word teaches us that our Heavenly Father only responds to faith.
Faith is simply trusting God and if you don’t trust somebody, then you don’t truly love them.
We came into His kingdom by faith, not by need or works. He saved us by His grace because He loves us.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast,” Ephesians 2:8 (NASB)
Everyone in the world desperately needs God, whether they realize it or not. So, if God were moved by our needs, then we would all be saved as soon as we were born. We would never have a sense of needing anything because God would have already met all of our needs. Faith would not be required, so there would be no possibility to have a real relationship with our Father.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)
It isn’t that our Father doesn’t know or doesn’t want us to approach Him with our needs.
It’s that He wants us to come to Him in faith. We can have a need and not trust God to meet that need. We can even be upset with Him for not meeting our needs. However, if we’re only trusting in ourselves, then we tie His hands. When we come to Him in faith we will always have our needs met.
Faith does not say, “God give me the ability to meet my own needs,” it says, “God I trust You and thank you that you have already met my needs through the finished work of Jesus Christ.”
We must stop trying to use foreign currency in God’s kingdom. It carries no weight with Him. Our faith is the only currency we need.
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you,” Matthew 17:20 (NASB)