04 October 2013

Mustard and Meals

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (Luke 17:5-10 NKJV)

The disciples asked for more faith...and Jesus told them what faith was, and what a tiny, tiny bit of it could do, and then told them to be humble. 

It seems like the disciples didn't really know what faith was, or how to obtain it. I'm so grateful for the answer to their question, so I can understand that faith comes as we practice gratitude and humility, walking as Jesus wants us to walk. 

Father, increase my faith. I believe so much more than ever before in You. And I rejoice at the truth of what I know. :-) Thank You!!!

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!