The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” — – Luke 17:5-6
Theologian Paul Tillich defines faith as our ultimate concern — the thing that claims and transforms us, our personalities and our actions. We know such concern has power because we see the damage wrought when people place their entirety in that which is not God.
A person who has committed themselves to accumulating wealth or power, or one who has sought fame or notoriety, has exercised a kind of faith that has been potent indeed. But it is faith in self, or wealth, or nation.
The opposite of faith, for Tillich, is not doubt, but indifference — total lack of concern. Without faith, we are impotent, untransformed, immovable.
So, with the apostles, we say to the Lord, increase our faith, and let our faith be in Christ alone.
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THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and when you are safe and happy, remember someone has prayed for you.