Mustard Seed Sized Faith is Focused Faith - Matthew 17

Thoughts from today’s reading of Matthew 17…

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21]

There are several points here that warrant our attention. First, is how in this case (and not in all cases of healing), there is a direct correlation between deliverance and physical healing. Again, this is not the case in all situations, but with discernment, deliverance is definitely something that needs to be considered when it comes to physical healing.

Second—is it me or does Jesus seem rather pissed?! Man, Jesus is rarely this upset and though He seems to make a blanket statement about everyone being an unbelieving and perverse generation (YIKES!), He directs His ire at His disciples regarding their “little faith.” I asked myself, “Why was this such an issue?” After thinking about this, I realized that that was the wrong question to ask. The right question is—“Why do I think that it wasn’t?” I think we have become a church that breeds and excuses “little faith.” We have become a politically correct church when it comes to faith. We don’t want to offend anyone. Jesus, on the other hand was very clear about our lack of faith. BTW, do you notice how Jesus’ ire about the lack of faith is directed towards those of us who profess to be His followers? That makes sense because why would people with no faith at all be accused of having little faith?

Finally, Jesus’ accusation isn’t about not having any faith at all. It’s about having LITTLE faith. Does that mean that no matter how little faith they had, that they actually had SOME faith? The fact is that whatever level of faith that they had upset Jesus. So then what’s the difference between having little faith and faith the size of a tiny mustard seed? Maybe they’re actually NOT different. Maybe the reason that Jesus got so upset was that the little faith (or some faith) that they had was actually had that faith the size of a mustard seed and the problem was that after all the time that they spent with Him, that they still couldn’t get the FOCUS of that faith—on Him. I talked about this on Sunday—our life of faith is not dependent on the size of our faith. It is where we place our focus of that mustard sized faith that does. Where is the focus of your faith today? #desiringGod2017

Love, Sam