1 He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come ! 2 “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 “Be on your guard ! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith !” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea ‘; and it would obey you. 7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? 8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink ; and afterward you may eat and drink ‘? 9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves ; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”
I recently heard a teaching based on this passage that asked the question, “How do we increase faith?”
The answer was that we give to God; then we eat and drink His goodness, which builds our faith.
What can we give to God?
Glory, praise, thanksgiving, adoration, worship.
As we thank God for His goodness and for the things He has done or given us, our faith increases.
I like this: It is not up to me to work up faith; it is a gift. I am so grateful for that.
I also find it interesting that the apostles asked for an increase in faith in order to carry out Jesus’ instructions not to cause little ones to stumble and to forgive. We are utterly dependent on God, even to obey His commandments. We need faith: That wonderful gift!
Drink deep; live in Him.