Jesus shows us attributes of a healthy church- Exercising Faith…
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
This week brings us another attribute for a healthy church. The fourth principle we find here is exercising faith. Jesus’ teachings could be difficult for the disciples that are learning from Him. What they learned right away is that they were not able to do this on their own. The disciples recognized immediately that they needed to have their faith increased. As much desire as they had in trying to please Him, it is only with His help that they could grow.
We are encouraged to look to Jesus and ask Him to help us by increasing our faith. In this way we can get from Him what we need to live the Christian life. Just having the desire to please God is not sufficient. It is necessary to act and do what He calls us to do. Asking Him to increase our faith helps us accomplish what He purposes.