Luke 17:5-10 It’s Not a Gimmie. JUMC 20131006

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

In the verse just proir this text, the disciples are warned by Jesus that failure and attack are certainties, even among the faithful.

Take the easier way? Give us some faith.
It does nor work that way.
How does it work.
Follow and find out.
Serve and find out.
Trust and you will know.
Support one another and you will learn

My grumpy grandfather use to tell us that he would not take us swimming until we learned to swim by ourselves. So when we learned to swim without help, he said, we didn’t need him because we didn’t need him.

That is not Jesus’ advice. Jesus taught, being a disciples, while it is not easy and everyone is going to fail, except those who never try. They are already washed out.

The text today, contains the mini parable of the mustard seed. It is a lesson about how faith that appears to be small and insignificant becomes the foundation that leads to more faith.

You don’t get it all at once. It is like wisdom, it comes when we learn from our practice succeeding and failing.

A servant’s job is to serve, not to be served.
A disciple follows
A disciple even fails, but learns to encourage and be an encourager.

To ask: Increase our faith

Might sound like a request to
Give us a short cut
Give us a boost
Give us experience
Give us a head start
Give us an extra portion for the road..

Jesus replies, if your want faith-
Share the faith and journey with others
It’s not hand out nor a hand up… it is trust.

Discipleship is a practice, lets get to work

Doctors and Attorney “practice” their vocations,
When it comes to life and death or life or probation.. we want more than someone who is practicing… we want someone who will win, lead and save.

The disciples ask the same: Increase our faith, we don’t want to take any chances nor suffer, nor risk, nor fail…

Jesus gives the tough love: Too bad, we are jumping in the deep end.. are you coming in?


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