Read Luke 17:4-10
The commands of Jesus are sweet but they must always bring us to cry out to God, “Increase our faith!” The commands of Jesus are beyond what we are capable of achieving. His ways are higher than our ways. The commands of Jesus are not comfortable and they do not fit nicely and neatly with our way of life. The way of Jesus is Holy and we are sinful. These two natures are incompatible and contradictory to one another. This is what we face when we read the words of Jesus and receive His proclamation over our lives. We are called to enter the narrow gate. We are called to count the cost. We are commanded to die to self. We are commanded to repent and submit our lives to the authority of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are commanded to be reborn and to be transformed in the likeness of Jesus Christ. We are commanded to leave everything and to lose everything of this world in order to receive and possess the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We are instructed to believe that with faith in Jesus even the most daunting and impassable obstacle in your life can be moved. Believing that we can live the life Jesus commands us to live requires a faith that can only be revealed through faith in Jesus and by receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. Beware of living a life following Jesus where you never utter the words, “Increase our faith.” We cannot follow Jesus without pleading every day for God to increase our faith in Jesus Christ. Christians who are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled require faith and more of it that in Jesus all things are possible. Heavenly Father, increase our faith!