Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 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.”
How big is a mustard seed? Very, very small. See the accompanying picture.
As the disciples followed Jesus they began to understand they were expected to not just be spectators, but participants in the ministry of the Kingdom of God. And, ultimately, they were expected to do the things Jesus did – like heal the sick, cast out demons, feed five thousand people with a few loaves of bread and fish. Raise the dead. (Gulp…)
And I expect when the disciples looked at themselves they thought… no way. “There is no way we can do the things our master does. We don’t have what it takes. We don’t have the mojo. We don’t have the spiritual authority. We don’t have enough experience in these things. We need more of something. A lot more. I know – faith! Jesus, we need more faith! Increase our faith!”
But they were wrong.
They didn’t need anything more than they already had. Why not? Because when carrying out the will of God, to heal and teach and feed and set people free, God would always make up for whatever deficiency they had. They needed but to take a tiny step of faith. God the Father would do the rest.
I do this kind of thing a lot. I get focused on my limitations and deficiencies. I look in the mirror and I see someone in way over his head. This morning Jesus reminds me, not that I’m wrong in thinking I’m in over my head. I am. As are many of you. Doesn’t matter. All we are asked to do is take one tiny step of faith… and trust the Lord to meet us there. Many things are impossible for us. Nothing is impossible for God. Let that truth speak to your spirit this morning.
Lord, help us to use what little faith we have – trusting you are enough to see us through. Amen.