Scripture for Today: Luke 17:5-6 “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ He replied, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
When I was little, a friend and I would play in a field of mustard flowers behind our school during recess. We loved playing pretend games there and hiding from the teachers when they called us in. We were sad to see the flowering season end, not realizing what the harvest of that tiny seed could bring. It is called the least of all seeds (Matt. 13:31) but some varieties can grow to the size of a tree in the Mediterranean climate.
Today’s verse is a very familiar one. The disciples had just heard Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness and it prompted this request to increase their faith. Jesus responds by addressing the kind of faith needed rather than the size. The faith they needed was fast growing and prolific, just as the mustard seed. After they received the Holy Spirit, these men did exemplify this kind of faith in establishing the early Church with miracles.
This kind of faith, even when tiny, is powerful! My faith can be size extra small, but if it is placed in One who is all powerful, than it can accomplish His purposes! He can do above and beyond all I could ask, think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). It is a tremendous relief to me that true unwavering faith can be tiny and yet bring about His will.. Do I really believe that if I ask anything according to His will, He will answer? (I John 5:14) I want this kind of faith!
Lord, make my faith like the mustard seed, aligned with Your will.