Simple Faith is Enough

Jesus encouraged His followers to have faith but never insisted on a faith beyond simple belief.  In Luke 17:5-6, when the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, He told them that a small and simple mustard seed faith is enough to be and do whatever is needed.

The mustard seed is usually between 1 and 2 millimeters in diameter. It is very small. But when mixed with outside influences, it becomes much more: When ground up and mixed with water, vinegar, and other liquids, the mustard seed produces a yellow condiment known as prepared mustard. As Christians, a seed like simple faith is cultivated by a mixture of life experiences, prayer, the Word of God, the church community, and the important work of the Holy Spirit. 

Although, simple faith may come quickly cultivating simple faith takes time. The outside influences noted above along with perseverance is how simple faith becomes a living faith. When simple faith is cultivated it helps us to overcome challenges and lay hold of opportunities.

Joseph C. Hutchison


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