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!’”
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus talks about having the faith of a mustard seed. Jesus uses rhetorical hyperbole to make the point that little is much when it comes from God. The mustard seed in the parable grows to be a huge tree, representing the tiny beginnings of Christianity, when just a few disciples began to preach and teach the gospel. Eventually, the kingdom grew to huge proportions, encompassing the entire world and spreading over centuries. As the old adage says, “Little things can mean the most.” I don’t know how many times in my ministry when people have felt overwhelmed by the task of reaching out before them. I remind them to start small. When we start small we can make the entire day of one person and then that person may do something small for someone else, and it spreads like wildfire. Think of someone you could brighten the day of today. Reach out to them.
Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go about my day. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.
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