THE “IF” OF FAITH

“And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you’” (Luke 17:6).

Having been warned of their accountability for the influence they have over others (v.1-2) and, then, the requirement to be forgiving to the repentant on every occasion (v.4), the appeal of the disciples is, “Lord, increase our faith” (v.5). Their sense is these demands will require a supplemental infusion of extra faith, if they are to be actualized. Jesus, however, utilizes hyperbole, an example of extreme exaggeration, to indicate that the key to seeing these things achieved isn’t extra faith but, rather, the execution of the faith you have.To just sit around praying for more faith means nothing ever gets done. No matter how small our faith, if we will just act upon it, the unimaginable can become reality.

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