“Faith; Quality or Quantity”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

Mat 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. In the fairy tale, Peter Pan, we are told if we want to fly, we just need to think of a “happy thought.” If you google, “believe in yourself” you will find many a quote from sports figures, to politicians who will tell you basically the same thing, you just have to believe in yourself and anything is possible. While this sounds very exciting, in reality this is just not true. Standing on the edge of a cliff I can jump and really want to believe I can fly; the issue will not be the amount of my faith but the object of my faith.

Jesus had just returned from the mount of transfiguration with three of his disciples. The other nine had been waiting where Jesus had left them. While waiting a desperate father begged them to heal his troubled son. When Jesus arrived, we learn that the disciples were powerless to help. Jesus rebukes the demon and the boy is healed! Privately the disciples ask Jesus why they couldn’t heal the boy. Jesus tells them it is because of their, “unbelief”. The issue was not the size of their faith, Jesus said if only their faith was the size of a “mustard seed” they could move mountains.  We can infer from the story that the issue was not the amount of their faith but the object. “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” their focus was on their own power. Jesus tells them this kind only comes out through “prayer and fasting.” This speaks about a dependence on God, not self. Having faith in yourself can’t save you or others, but even a little faith in Jesus is enough to move mountains!