Thursday, November 18, 2010

faith, exercised

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." 
6 So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 

As we read of the miracles that took place in the New Testament we can probably relate to the request of the apostles in Luke 17:5.  We think that our problem is insufficient faith.  But it seems, from Jesus' reply, that the problem was not insufficient faith possessed...but insufficient faith exercised.  If we have been born again...regenerated...become new creatures in Christ, then faith has become more than a high sounding word.  It has become more important than sight.  Having tasted this living faith and welcomed the Lord into our hearts we have had a personal miracle and moved from death to life.  I think the Lord was really telling the apostles that it's not always about "having more"'s about "doing more" with what we have.  After all, we don't "have" faith, like we have natural talents.  We have a relationship with the living God "through" the bridge of faith that He also has provided.  And I suspect that the Lord will walk across that bridge, and through our lives, to touch this world as we remove the barrier of "self".
Rob Smith

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