My sister and I were enjoying a “fun day” in Atlanta when we decided to have lunch at a spot from our childhoods. We knew almost exactly where this particular drive-in was located, so we headed out to find it. Unfortunately, the city of Atlanta has grown a lot in the more-than-we-care-to-admit years since we were children, and the new modern buildings in the area fooled us into thinking that we had gone too far and had reached the downtown area. So we stopped, turned around, and retraced our route. Still there was no drive-in, so we turned around again and made another attempt. Eventually, we decided that we must have miscalculated and just kept driving even though we felt that we were too close to metropolitan Atlanta. And there, much to our chagrin, was the restaurant—just a couple blocks further down the road from the place where we had turned around several times. At that point, I suggested to my sister that if we are ever looking for the place again that we will need to remember, “When you think that you’ve gone far enough, you haven’t.” Her immediate response was, “There’s a sermon there somewhere.” So here it is: Why haven’t we gone far enough?
First, we haven’t gone far enough because we have the wrong viewpoint of the material world. Jesus called it “little faith.” We have faith, but our faith is in little things—not a big God. We look to the world around us for our needs—such as food, clothing, and protection—and even our emotional, social, and psychological support. Jesus addressed this problem in two different places with identical words, but within significantly different contexts.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)