“Increase Our Faith: to Follow or be Followed” By Q Furnald, Fiat Ventures

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Being a disciple of Jesus is easy, right? All it takes is saying, “Yes, Jesus.” Right??  Well, that is the first step in the path towards living a faith-filled life.  In this week’s Gospel reading, we find the Apostles begin by saying to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”  With that, the Lord replies by saying, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”  So is this the kind of fairytale promise that if I believe hard enough, I can fly? Not exactly… but it’s not untrue.  The point is that faith is not a matter of magnitude.  Faith is powerful and can ‘move the mulberry tree’ because our God is all-powerful. 

So what does this mean for us as disciples?  That we should go around to trees telling them to move? Wouldn’t that make a great headline in a newspaper?…. No!  Let’s be real for second; break this whole thing down.  Luke’s Gospel often presents being a disciple in terms of stark expectations.  Being a disciple takes more than the “Yes, Jesus.” He calls us to consider the cost (14:25-34).  The commitment is great, the task carries risk, but the return is greater, and the reward out-weighs the risk.

But here’s the thing, trust in God. Faith beyond fear is a challenge.  In the Gospel reading, the idea of “mustard seed faith” is Jesus’ way of calling out the disciples, saying (not outright) that if they had even the slightest bit of a true faith in Him, they could do extraordinary things. 

For even with “mustard seed faith” and a humble heart, by God’s grace, discipleship sometimes does not require unshakable confidence or remarkable deeds.  Sometimes being a disciple requires ordinary, daily practices of service and devotion. 

Now, with the modern eye of social media, we have an audience surrounding our every picture, every post, every thought made public.  We have created for ourselves a society of people drawn to live “extraordinary” lives, to impress others with what we are always doing.  Even for the truly faithful heart, it can be easy these days to feel pressure to present to your followers and friends how much you love to be a servant of our God.  But by His Grace, sometimes a “mustard seed faith” will suffice.  Do not focus on impressing your following… instead, be a follower of the One who saves.

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