Growing Faith

Luke 17:5-6
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Even small faith can do big things because it is not trusting in itself at all.  It recognizes its own smallness and inadequacy and concludes that it cannot do anything on its own and must therefore trust in another.  Maybe it is not more faith that we need or an issue of lacking faith.  Maybe it is a matter of where we’ve placed our trust.  If we trust in ourselves, we won’t be able to do anything, certainly nothing fruitful or useful for God.  But if we trust in Him, we’ll accomplish much more than we would have ever thought possible.

Do we share this prayer and this plea with the disciples?  Would we, too, ask Jesus to increase our faith?  If so, we must be prepared for a journey that won’t always be easy or comfortable.  It will lead us to places that challenge us in order to reveal where our faith truly lies.  It will lead us away from things we’ve grown to depend on.  And along the way, we will witness amazing things done by God.  We will be used in amazing ways.  We will experience amazing things.  And at the end, our faith will increase as a natural result of following God so closely.

Faith will allow us to do things previously unimaginable.  The Bible is full of stories of people whose faith allowed them to do things they never thought possible.  Moses parted the Red Sea and led the people safely through.  Noah built an ark and survived the flood.  Joshua sent the walls of Jericho tumbling down.  Abraham fathered a nation.  David defeated Goliath.  Elisha raised a boy from the dead.  Peter walked on water.  And the trait shared by all of them is that they were trusting God completely.  And when we do that in our lives, we can hardly imagine where it may take us.

That mustard seed of faith is small, and it is enough to accomplish great things when it depends on God.  But then over time it grows and can become something much more.  May we be continually growing in our faith, always looking to God and trusting Him for whatever He asks us to do.  May we not allow our faith to become stagnant, buried in the ground and becoming useless, but instead allow it to take root and blossom.  And may our faith be an encouragement to those around us to keep moving forward in their walk with God, as well.

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