S (Scripture): Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
O (Observation): Jesus is headed to Jerusalem. As he and the disciples go, Jesus teaches them. The disciples see that the journey is difficult, so they seek more faith, like it’s a kind of bank account into which they feel they need a greater deposit. Jesus teaches them that any amount of faith is fine – even faith the size of a mustard seed.
Even this little bit of faith can help them to do amazing things, like pull up a tree with a massive root system and have it tossed into the sea (if one had a need to do this : ).
A (Application): Faith in any amount. That’s it! This may not seem fair to those who wish to compare amounts of faith. Jesus’ teaching here reminds us that no one need worry about the level of faith. The little toddler who was baptized last week and the 80-year old who is homebound both have the faith needed to believe that the impossible is possible through Christ. The girl on the autism spectrum and the 10-year old boy and the single mom all have what it takes to believe the impossible is possible through Christ.
We don’t get what we want, but all of these examples remind us that Jesus moves away from comparing faith and moves toward putting us all on the same level.
Are you worried that your faith is not strong? Just give it a try. Rely on God, and while you may not get what you want, you’ll find, you just might get what you need : )
P (Prayer): Lord, we give you thanks for the faith you give to us through the Holy Spirit. Amen.