I just want to encourage with the encouragement I received today. Went to bed worried and woke up worried, feeling overwhelmed, uncertain about the future, and somewhat afraid. Mission work is hard but any work for the Lord is hard, be it in your home in the USA or in a third world.
Each of us, you and I, have to use the means Jesus gives us in order to move forward in life with our callings. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. He even said “how long must I put up with you?”. Now, Jesus was very compassionate with the poor, the needy, the lost, and those thirsty for real life. But he was apparently frustrated that his disciples lacked faith. It’s understandable he’d be frustrated. They saw his power first hand, they touched him, saw him, heard him, followed him. And honestly, faith initially requires no sacrifice physically, other than to abandon your preconceived worries and doubts. So it’s understandable he’d be like “what?” you don’t have even a little be of faith?”
Jesus doesn’t even ask us to have a lot of faith. He just said the disciples needed ‘a little bit of faith’. Like a mustard seed. The smallest of seeds. But when it grows into a tree it yields huge results.
The words “How long must I put up with you?” are striking. ‘Put up’ is also translated “how long shall I suffer you? “how long will I bear with you…”
So, if you want to see the miraculous in your life, if you want to see mountains move, lives healed, lunatics become sane, be sure not to be in a place of doubt, where Jesus would want to say “How long must I put up with you?”.
Instead, let’s be on the side of trusting in him and in his ability to work through us – after all, he created us for this purpose, we are his work of art, his workmanship.
I choose to believe that he will work in these situations, through our faith. Let’s have faith.
When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. “I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Matt 17:14-20