Scripture: Luke 17:1-10
Key Verses: 2-5 It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4 And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Reflection: How can we develop our faith in God? Come to Sunday school, join a Presbyterian women’s circle, a men’s Bible study, find a small group, serve God through outreach, volunteer at the church are just a few ways you can develop your faith. Sometimes I just want someone to tell me the answer or wave a magic wand and instantly increase my faith. The disciples may have wanted the same thing from Jesus.
In Luke 17:5 we read about the disciples coming to Jesus and saying, “Increase our faith.” They were not too concerned with the techniques of how to do it themselves, they had Jesus. The faith of the disciples was growing more and more as they were following him.
One of our youth was upset because she had not had an experience of God and wondered when it would happen. After exploring how she was nurturing her relationship with God and inquiring about her spiritual practices, she admitted that she was waiting. She was waiting for an experience of God before she made any real commitment or practice. It made me think of Rooney Robison. Steve Eason interviewed Rooney in worship this past August about her participation in the Disciple Bible study. What stuck with me from that interview was when Rooney described her morning ritual. Every morning Rooney reads her Bible, does her Bible study, has a cup of coffee and in those moments she feels the presence of God. Abiding in the teachings of Jesus and seeking a relationship with God, will increase our faith.
This is not something that just happens. Jesus does it for us and in us when we spend time with him.
Prayer: In this moment, I seek you but I am aware that your presence is with me every moment. In this moment, I feel the peace that passes all understanding and your grace that makes all things new. I am grateful that you, O God, are much more than I could ever know. Continue to increase my faith as we walk together. In your Son’s holy name I pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].