A Pastoral Letter - 6 Oct. 2019
Lord increase our faith
by Revd. David GrobbelaarLORD INCREASE OUR FAITH
The request to increase our faith, the belief that if I had more faith things would be different, reveals, at best, a misunderstanding of faith itself and, at worst, demonstrates our own unfaithfulness. Jesus is very clear that faithfulness is not about size or quantity. “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed,” he says, “you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
How to Increase Your Faith
“The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
I. Think Faith
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 2:5 ESV
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
II. Hear Faith
“He that heareth … and believeth … hath everlasting life”
John 5:24 ESV
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
III. See Faith
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”
Hebrews 12:2 ESV
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
IV. Talk Faith
“Talk ye of all his wondrous works”
Psalm 105:2 ESV
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
V. Work Your Faith
“I will shew thee my faith by my works”
James 2:18 ESV
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
VI. Walk By Faith
“We walk by faith, not by sight”
2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Faith is not given to us in a packet to be spent as currency in our dealings with God. Faith is not measured out according to how difficult the task or work before us. Faith is not a thing we have or get. Faith is a relationship of trust and love. It means opening ourselves to receive another’s life and giving our life to another. That other one is Jesus the Christ. That one faith-relationship is determinative of who we are and how we live.
Faith is not about giving intellectual agreement to a particular doctrine or idea. Faith is not about how much or how strongly we believe Jesus’s words or actions. When we speak about a married couple’s faithfulness we do not mean they believe or agree with each other’s ideas or even a particular understanding of marriage. They are faithful because they have committed themselves to each other in love and trust. They are faithful because they continually give their life to the other and receive the other’s life as their own. They are faithful because they carry with them that one relationship wherever they go, in all that they are and all that they do. So it is in our faith-relationship with Jesus.
Revd David Grobbelaar+
Date Added: 2019-10-03