Perhaps we wonder whether we have “enough faith” to face the challenges of discipleship in today’s world. We may wonder if our faith is too small and fragile amid the anxieties during a global pandemic.
Jesus does not think that “more faith” is what the disciples need. Instead, he tells the disciples that if they had faith the size of a mustard seed (which is among the smallest of seeds), that would be enough (Luke 17:6). It is the presence of faith – not the quality – that matters. If one has the tiniest amount, it is enough.
David Tiede writes in a commentary on Luke, “There is no need for desperate quests for ‘more faith,’ as if it could be quantified or possessed.” It is God’s Spirit working in and through our faith that makes all things possible.
This message is excerpted from “Weightlifting and the mustard seed” by Cheryl M. Peterson in the January/February 2021 Gather magazine. All are welcome to attend a Blue Christmas service via Zoom, December 21 at 7 p.m. (CST).
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