Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
The apostles came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.” But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it.
Jesus invites all those whom He Has called to follow Him as He is the light of the world and when we follow Him, we will not walk in darkness because He is the light that leads us.
When The apostles were asking for more faith, Jesus told them that they didn’t need more, they only needed a small amount, the size of a mustard seed. If you plant a mustard seed, (your faith) in fertile soil (Jesus) that seed of faith, like a mustard seed will spread out underneath the soil and grow, deep and strong and produce more growth and will eventually produce more seed. A small seed that is barley visible, will eventually above the ground be visible. It will take root and grow. Each stage of the growth of that seed will be slow and gradual. It doesn’t grow over night.
It will need water and warmth to cause it to even break open and sprout. It’s root will find stable ground and begin to root deep, before it will spring forth out of the top soil. Once it comes up out from the top soil, it continues to dig deeper and the root becomes even stronger because it will need a nice wide spread below to hold such a large plant above the ground.
The kind of faith to which Jesus calls us too, is not to be measured by size of how big or small a faith we should have but that we take what is given in that small measure and believe that when we continue to follow Him, our faith will begin to grow. Jesus doesn’t challenge us to have big faith or great faith. He just challenges us to have even a small amount of faith in Him. So the real issue is not the size of our faith, but the source of our faith. If we would just give Him a small chance, He will show us how He can do great things in and through us.
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
God has given us an enormous responsibility to make disciples of every nation. We are to go out and share what He has given us, with others. The gift of eternal life is not just for us, but for every single person on the planet. When we study the Bible and learn what we know, we are to share what we have learned and how He has made a difference in our lives from applying what He has shown us.
Life eternal is not the only gift that He gives us. That is the never ending result of what we get. He gives us gifts to help us to share what He wants us to share. But that doesn’t mean we should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. Some of us will be prophets, some of us will be preachers, some of us will be prayer warriors, some of us will be encouragers, Some of us will be evangelizers. We will all have our own special gift that He gives us.
Some of us may have more than one gift because God only gives what ever He knows that we can handle and we should never limit God. He knows us better than we know our selves, because He knows the finished product.
His intention is to have us all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to His Son, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ, using the gifts and talents that He gives to all of us. Some of us may have the gift of healing, to some the gift of nurturing, to some the gift of giving of our time and our talent and even our finances. Some us us might even be a builder or a plumber with our gift.
We might as well give up if we can not realize that we must all work together to see His plan through. We are individuals with our own unique individual gift or two. With out each other, working through Christ Jesus, we would never be able to get the job done so that we can all be in our real home in paradise. Working together as the body of Christ, we can accomplish so much more and there by express the fullness of Christ Jesus.
This is our faith. This is our hope. We all need to think eternally and not individually. We must always keep in our mind that He has called us to a work, and not the other way around. We are not calling Him to work for us. He is the master and we are the servant, but even so, He calls us His brother and sister.
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Jesus didn’t say, have faith in Me. He points us to have faith in God. All that is required is that we come to God, believing that He is the rewarder of our faith. When we confess our sins, He is faithfull and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Jesus took away the sins of the earth and of the world and it’s people. He took the sins upon His shoulders and once we accept this very simple truth, and ask forgiveness of our sins, God will do as we ask and He will forgive us.
Once we accept this simple truth, God will cleanse us, through the blood of Jesus. What Jesus did on the cross , paved the way for us to go through this process with God.
We just need to have faith that what God says that He will do, He will do. We must come to Him, believing that He is who He says that He is and that He is the rewarder of our faith. We need faith in God, not in ourselves. We need to focus not on this world, but on our eternal home.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.