The gospel narrative is framed on Christian Stewardship, on one side, to give our time, talent and treasure and discipleship, “Increase our Faith”, on the other. It integrates some principle of our dogmas related to our advocacy and devotions to God.
Audrey West said, “Discipleship is not about reward: Just do it!” These are challenging words. Perhaps, they are even so difficult to practice in this materialistically driven world. It is a sobering thought to recognize one’s capacity to cause another’s stumbling, despite intentions otherwise. Plus, it is hard enough to forgive, even once. But seven times in a single day?! No wonder the apostles ask Jesus for a transfusion of faith (literally “Add faith to us!”).
When it comes to faith (Greek pistis, may also be translated as trust, confidence, commitment), Jesus suggests that size does not matter; even a seed of faith holds tree-like potential. Jesus’ followers can live and act on the basis of whatever faith is theirs, no matter how small or insignificant it seems. We might recall that even the immeasurable reign of God is compared to a mustard seed (Luke 13:19).
Faith is stewardship in action. It continues to evolve both in our personal and communal life. It is our response to an invitation made by Jesus Christ to serve his church through its various and life sustaining missions. It is a continuing renewal of our unique calling in this community and the very purpose of our calling. This is a task that we, as a congregation, should revitalize and give a deeper meaning of our existence in this place and time.
“If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree. `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,` and it would obey you. Luke 17: 6