We Don’t Need More Faith

But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it. (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭6‬ MSG)

Am I wrongly praying for more faith? Maybe. When I read these words this morning it was like a kick to the shin, a jolt of a reminder to me…

I don’t need ‘more’ faith. I just need to put to use the small amount I have. 

We all have a measure of faith and that measure is acceptable to God. What is not acceptable is my unwillingness to put it to use, or to use it sparingly as if it might run out. I am reminded today to exercise it, to pray using it, to stand on it, that when I do so it makes God happy. 

Maybe I don’t think my small amount of faith can make any difference in the light of such big difficulties. It can. It will. It does. 

So this morning I am praying in faith for those who are not well. I am believing in faith for mountains to be removed, cancers to leave bodies, debts to be cleared, relationships to be made right, circumstances to change. 

Let’s make sure we don’t belittle the little faith we have but instead just put it to use and leave the rest up to God. 

Your thoughts? How’s your faith today?

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3 thoughts on “We Don’t Need More Faith

  1. I agree with your conclusion Julian but not with the Scripture used. Herein lies the weakness of the Message paraphrase.

    Jesus said something quite different. What He said had a more conditional edge to it. All the other paraphrases and word for word, concept for concept versions I checked agree with this. They use the word “if” in the context of possessing faith. Absolutely none of them ( apart from the Message) say “You don’t need more faith”.

    Paul is grateful for the fact that the Thessalonian Church’s faith is growing (2 Thess 1:3) and even the Message agrees with this ! This is based on Jesus’ conditional statement that implies that faith can diminish as well as increase.
    Since faith comes by hearing God’s word and then requires obedience to realise it, faithlessness is the result of any of those steps that does not result in God’s will being realised, or His Kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven. At no stage does God say to us “You don’t need more faith” and to attribute that to Jesus is more than a little worrying.
    This is just one of the reasons why I think the Message, for all its helpful elements, should never be used as a basis for preaching or teaching. It’s just not reliable enough!

    • Fair point. I think for me when I read it, it was more the focus on me thinking I need more faith when I’m not necessarily putting my faith to use enough anyway. What do I need more for?

      I was reminded and encouraged to take the faith I have, to stop making excuses and use it. Much like you shared, to be the believer that I profess to be, not just in words but in my actions to.

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