“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” (Luke 17:5, NET)
Can you relate to this desperate plea? I know I can! I am longing for Jesus, the Author of my faith, to ever strengthen my confidence in Him. Thankfully, He has revealed to us a number of ways to intentionally engage with the process as He takes our trust deeper.
We can find one of them in this same passage, in Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ request: “So the Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, “Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you’” (v. 6).
Listen to the kindness in the tone of His voice. Jesus’ point was not to disparage their faith. He was not saying, “Get it together, guys. If you really had some faith — even a tiny bit — we’d be seeing results!” Rather, He was lovingly directing their attention to one of the main keys to seeing our faith grow: using it.
Mustard seed faith. A seed is of no use if you keep it in your pocket or on the shelf in your shed. It will only produce fruit if you activate the life inside of it. You must plant it in the ground and allow its roots to begin to grow. In the same way, we must activate our faith if we desire to see it come to fruition in our lives.
Jesus was giving a vitally important lesson to His dear friends. Practice! Flex your faith muscle! Put it to work! Use it! Speak it out! In this way, it will begin to grow. Roots will develop. As you persevere in working out your faith, you are going to see some massive obstacles pulled up out of your path and relocated in the heart of the sea.
What is a practical step you can take today to activate your faith? Do you need to make a phone call? Enroll for a class? Initiate a conversation? Declare the Word of God over your circumstance? Ask Holy Spirit to show you the next action point He has in mind for the development of your faith. He will surely answer!
Do you sense Holy Spirit right now nudging you towards a specific faith step?