And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. ~ Luke 17:5-6
The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus answers them by giving an illustration of what the faith they already have is capable of doing.
The mustard seed is well known for its tiny size. One mustard seed is about the size of a pinhead, if that. It weighs about 2 milligrams. It would take over 225,000 seeds to make one pound. That is small.
The sycamine tree is known today as a mulberry tree. Jesus uses this as his illustration not because of its huge size but because the roots of a mulberry tree were thought to be extraordinarily strong and deep. It was thought that this tree could stay rooted for six hundred years. Jesus’ word picture is that of commanding a deeply anchored tree to pull itself out of the ground, roots and all ( not merely cut itself off above the ground), and replant itself in the sea.
How many of us have faith as big as a tiny mustard seed? It took more faith than that to pray the prayer of salvation, didn’t it? If we have enough faith to believe in Jesus, and trust Him with our hearts, we have enough faith. Period.
So, if we can uproot a strong, deep rooted mulberry tree, with just a pinhead amount of faith, we can surely uproot our doubts enough to use our faith, can’t we? Well, actually we can’t – by ourselves – but with Jesus we can. His words to his disciples here are that the one having even a tiny amount of faith that is unblemished by doubt can do mighty things for the Kingdom of God.
Father, I thank You for the faith You have given me. Help me to use it Lord for Your Kingdom and Your glory. Help me not to doubt Your Word and Your will. In Jesus Name I pray tonight. Amen.