Friday, September 30, 2016

Logos Luke 17:5-6

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.  (Luke 17:5-6)

A faith that will move mountains. A faith that can uproot a mulberry tree by command and plant it in the sea. A faith like that. Imagine.

I think it is hard to imagine, and I wonder if the disciples thought the same thing, because Jesus is telling that they have enough faith to make the impossible possible. Imagine.  And they ask for faith, but Jesus tells them that they already have enough faith.

Where does our faith come from? Is it just a product of our belief? Is it developed from our own gumption and determination? Does our faith increase because we read more or listen to sermons more, or pray more? Is our faith a product of what we do?

I don't think so. Our faith is a gift of grace. Our faith comes from God as a gift of prevenient grace. Without God's action, we wouldn't even know God. God provides us with everything we need, including faith, to move a mountain - to do the impossible.


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