My eyes will not leave the passage I am reading this morning! I have read it over and over again trying to determine the weight of the words! These words are a like a scaple in the hands of a master surgeon. These words, like the scaple, are words of precision and accuracy! These words are so heavy they penetrate into the very depths of my soul and spirit!
So, Mike, just what are THESE WORDS?
In Luke 17, the historian shares a historical life changing discussion between Jesus and the apostles. Now, one might think that all discussions between Jesus and the apostles were life changing, and to an extent, they were; however, no other discussion may have cut them so deeply as the one I read about this morning!
The discussion begins as the apostles ask a simple question: “Lord, increase our faith” (Lk.17:5 ESV). I am sure by now, the apostles believe their faith is growing significantly. After all, they are living with Jesus! They are seeing the power of God at work through Jesus! These men are continuously at the feet of Jesus while He teaches them. They are like sponges soaking up every word and every deed of Jesus. There was NO ONE on Earth CLOSER to Jesus than the apostles! Surely after all this time, their faith was growing. Surely their faith was not where it was before they met Jesus! Surely by now they were giants of the faith! After all this, after all their faith has grown, still they want their faith to . . . increase the more!
Yet, Jesus replies with words of surgical precision aimed for their hearts and soul, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Lk. 17:6 ESV). Wow!!!!! How did these words just hit the apostles? Probably the same way they are hitting me this morining . . . right between the eyes! After all, I am a seminary graduate. I have learned from some of the greatest minds and ministers in the SBC! However, on this day, I realize, as do the apostles, that this giant faith of mine, and theirs, is dwarfed by . . . the mustard seed! Now there is perspective!
When was the last time anyone witnessed a mulberry tree, after being spoken to by a person, uproot itself, and then plant itself in the sea? To my recollection . . . I have NEVER seen it NOR heard of it! As these words penetrate me this morning, I long for my faith to increase to even the size of a mustard seed! I realize just how little faith I truly have! Can you imagine having the faith of a mustard seed? Can you imagine the power of God upon a person with this amount of faith? I can, and I believe it can happen in . . . YOU!!