More is better. More money. More food. More power. More possessions. More land. Why limit yourself when you can have more? There is no question we live in a time and place where more is considered better. Over and over our culture and advertising tells us we need more to be who we were meant to be. Check out these cute kids as they explain why more is better:
Critical thinkers might be questioning that principle though…a parent knows that more candy is not always better. A student knows that more homework is not always better. A retiree knows that there is more to life than work. And even though we may wish we had more money, we know that money does not buy happiness.
What about faith? Can we agree that more faith is better? The disciples in Luke 17:5 cry out to Jesus, “Lord, increase our faith.” And I am right with them. Every time I think about world and national politics, I know I need more faith.
The interesting thing about this week’s gospel is Jesus’ reply to the disciples. Jesus does NOT congratulate the disciples for knowing they need more faith. In fact, he seems to scold them. Read the story in Luke 17:5-10. Jesus goes on to talk about faith like a tiny mustard seed and carrying on with the work that needs to be done.
Spend a minute to wonder. Do you really need MORE faith? Or has God given you enough already? Maybe that tiny mustard seed of faith along with the Holy Spirit is plenty for you to be who God has called you to be.
Consider what Luther wrote in the meaning of the creed: “I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in in Jesus Christ my Lord. But the Holy Spirit has called me, through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and kept me in the true faith.”
All I have comes from you. Thank you for these words of assurance that the faith you have given me is enough. May your Spirit move through me every day. Show me how to love and serve using the gifts with which you created me. With You I have enough and I am enough. Amen.