You have enough faith! {October 6} Thoughts on the Scripture Passages

Sorry to let you down, but our Gospel passage (Luke 17:5-10)  is not about how to move mountains or plant trees in the sea!  In response to the disciples’ request for more faith, Jesus uses this expression to say they have enough already!   Even faith as small as a mustard seed is enough to move mountains.  N.T.Wright puts it this way, “Faith is like a window through which you can see something. What matters is not whether the window is six inches or six feet high; what matters is the God that your faith is looking out on.” (Luke for Everyone)

It’s like someone at a buffet meal with a good plate of food still piling it up and thinking that’s what it’s all about.  But of course it’s about eating the meal, they now need to tuck in and enjoy what has been prepared for them!  If we have enough faith, if we have looked through the window and seen our great God in action (Father, Son [the life, death, resurrection] and Holy Spirit) how do we tuck in?  The passage continues to give us direction: we need to imitate our Lord and live lives of service in grateful response, “When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.” ( Luke 17:10, The Message)

We  see in our Lamentations affirmation the exiles continuing, in the midst of crises and grief,  to live out what they had seen through their window of faith: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3, NIV)

How are we living grateful lives of faith in the midst of crises?  We have seen now we must imitate and follow the one who has served us. (Christ living in us and we living in Him.)

 

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