John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest and most successful businessmen in modern history. He was once asked by a reporter a deep question: How much money is enough? His answer was quite telling. He responded by saying “just a little bit more.” If we were to ask our children how many toys are enough, surely their answer would be “just a little bit more.”
The disciples can be found asking Jesus for “just a little bit more” faith in Luke 17 and Jesus corrects their misguided thinking. In verses 3-4, Jesus gives the disciples a difficult command. “3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
I can just hear the disciples screaming inside saying “But Jesus, if he keeps sinning against me he’s not TRULY sorry? Why would I have to forgive him?“ Instead, maybe they let out a collective gasp and say “Increase our faith” (verse 5)…just a little bit more. We tend to be the same way. When God challenges us, our tendency is to ask God to increase our faith. Instead, we should acknowledge that He is the source and giver of our faith and because of this, we are equipped to handle anything God chooses to challenge us with. Asking God to give us more of what He has already blessed us with is to be ungrateful for the gift of faith. Remember that we don’t need MORE faith, we need to remember the SOURCE of that faith.
Today’s author: Kevin Slocum