The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 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. – Luke 17:5-6
When Jesus told the disciples they could uproot a tree with their faith, was He telling them that faith would move the tree, or that the Creator of the tree was capable of moving it?
Imagine walking with Jesus the way his early disciples did. What if we could see Him heal the sick, feed 5000 hungry people, and walk on water? Each time He works one of these miracles He would talk about faith. Like those followers back then, we would watch all this and also ask, “How can I have that kind of faith?”
Jesus responds by saying we only need to have the tiniest amount of faith. In fact, so tiny it is barely measurable. He was saying we already have enough faith, what we lack is truly understanding the object of our faith. When we believe, we are not bringing about anything, instead we are recognizing the grace and love and power of God. His grace and love and power already exist!
As we get to know the focus of our faith we realize our hope is in the Creator of all things, and even though we can’t see Him with our eyes, our relationship and love for Him grows. So perhaps our faith does “increase” — we begin to understand that it takes the tiniest amount on our part, because our trust rests in our loving and mighty God.
Father in heaven, I want my faith to grow. I want to participate in the miraculous, and have confidence in every situation. I want God’s power to be working every day in me, the same way it did in Jesus. Increase my faith!