On faith

“It’s not the size of your faith.  Do you have faith or not?”

–My Sunday school teacher, Kevin

Kevin pointed something out last Sunday that I’d never seen.  When Jesus’ followers ask how they can get more faith (how they can upgrade), Jesus redirects them to looking at the outcome of faith, rather than the quantity.  Even the tiniest faith in Christ can uproot large heresies.  And even the tiniest true faith can grow by the grace of God into a giant wonder for all to see.

I find that very encouraging.

The apostles said to the Lord,
         Make our faith greater.

The Lord answered,
         If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree,
         Pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea! and it would obey you. (Luke 17:5-6, GNT)

What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like? asked Jesus. What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade. (Mark 4:30-32, GNT)

(Luke 17:5-6, CEV)