Car Starters


The bible tells us that even having faith as small as a mustard seed is enough to move a mountain! (paraphrased from Matthew 17:20) That’s crazy. It also goes on to say “nothing will be impossible for God.” So then, why do we limit what we can do in God? Trust me when I say this goes as much for me as anything. Sometimes a matter of faith is nothing more than simply just taking a step and getting started.

Most people have seen a remote car started in their life. If not, the concept is simple: you push a button and your car starts- like a remote control to a television. If you’re from anywhere within a few hours of me, those remote starters can come in handy in the winter when you like your car nice and toasty warm when you first get in and you’re facing below zero wind temps. Now, I don’t have a car starter but if I did, my thought process would be something along the lines of “I believe that when I push this button, my car will start and in a few minutes, it will be nice and warm for me.” I can believe that all I want, but until I actually push the button, the car won’t start. I can shake my keys around, jingle them, throw them in the air and even rejoice because I have a remote starter. But, until I actually push that button all that belief and rejoicing doesn’t do me much good to warm up my car.

The act of pushing the button is a small act, but it’s probably the most crucial step in the process. Our faith is the same way. A little act of actually doing something- the action- is what makes our faith whole. We can believe different things like God is going to move in our lives, and we can rejoice when He does or rejoice that He will, but we need to take action to allow our faith to be alive. Most of the time, I feel like faith is nothing more than a small deed, act, or step; just like pushing the button to start the car. Faith doesn’t have to be overly complicated, it just needs to have action to it.

James 2:17 tells us that faith, when not accompanied by action, is dead. Take a step of faith. Don’t just say you’re going to take that step though, actually take it. Push a button, take a step, go out and DO. Or as my sister reminded me this morning, according to the late great Rich Mullins: “faith without works, like a song you can’t sing; it’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.”

Be blessed. Be a blessing.


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