5 times in the Gospels, Jesus gently reproves his disciples for possessing "little faith". But when the disciples ask him in Luke 17:5 to increase their faith, he responds by saying that if their faith was small like a grain of mustard seed, they could move mountains.
There is nothing contradictory about Jesus or what he taught. It might appear so, but its only like that on the surface. There's a beautiful thread of truth underneath the apparent discrepancy.
Here’s the point. A grain of mustard seed is tiny. Therefore, you don’t need much faith to believe. The only thing we must take heed of is that doubt, fear and short-sighted reasoning do not rob us of faith’s benefits.
When Jesus spoke of “little faith” he was not referring to the size or quantity of our faith. We often excuse our unbelief by saying things like, “if only I had more faith”. Like as though more faith would fix our unbelief. But notice this - the faith we have is faith enough to move the arm of God.
Whether our faith is great or small, it will not change one iota of what God has said or his ability to carry it out. Faith, regardless of its “size” will believe and depend upon what God has said - always.
As well as meaning “small” and “few”, and depending on the context, the word “little” in the expression “little faith” means “a short span of time”. What Jesus was saying is that faith needs to be constant, persevering, enduring. And things that interfere with such faith (doubt, fear, short-sighted reason), must be overcome for faith to unlock the door to heaven’s storehouse. ~ Gerson Robles
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