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. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’” (Luke 17:5-10, NRSV)
Have you ever wanted more?
More ice cream?
A better car?
a bigger house?
Here the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. And Jesus 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.” And when we hear this, we hear the if as saying our faith is not enough.
But let me ask you, who among you needs to be able to say to a Mulberry tree, or a walnut tree, or any kind of tree for that matter, be uprooted and move over there and be planted? Who needs that ability? Ok, maybe a tree planter it would come in handy, but really anyone else?
Jesus is saying if your faith was the size of a mustard seed you could do that, but it’s not and that is not a bad thing. You see we have faith that is given to us by God to do the things that He has called and planted us here to do. We do not need any more than what we have, what we have is enough.
No, we can’t move mountains or trees but we can do what Jesus is leading us to do.
None of us deserve any more than what we need, and we will get what is promised to us for doing what Jesus asks us to do.
So do not worry about the amount of faith you have, it is enough.