Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, “I repent”, you must forgive.’ The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you. ‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” ’ (Luke 17:1-10, NRSV)
Have you ever wanted your faith increased?
I think we all have. We see the tasks before us and we think there is no way I can do this…
And yo know what?
You are right. There is no way that you can do what is requested of you.
Jesus is telling the disciples that if they had the faith the size of a mustard seed they could tell a tree to uproot itself and throw itself into the ocean. We read this as a derogatory remark, like their faith is not enough.
But what if Jesus was saying, You know what you can’t tell this tree to move, but you have just enough faith to do what I need you to do, as long as you include me in the walk, we will be able to do what ever comes in front of you.
It is not about us having enough faith to make it on our own!
It is about trusting the one who gives us faith to always see us through the thing we can not do on our own!