The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” Luke 17:5
The disciples were with the Lord every day learning and growing, but they felt inadequate in their faith, so they asked for some more. Faith is the central part of our salvation and it is pivotal in our daily walk, which is what the disciples were discovering day on day. In answer to their petition, however, the Lord said:
“If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Can you imagine the looks of dismay, or the look of concentration on their faces as they stared at the tree and silently willed it to move, followed by the look of dismay?
The Lord was not trying to discourage them, on the contrary, he was highlighting the fact that faith is not about quantity; it is the substance and depth of our faith that makes the difference. A mustard seed, like all types of seed, is small in comparison to what it produces, but the life within the seed will only bear fruit when it is rooted in the right soil.
Our seed of faith needs tended to, nurtured and fed in order for the roots to push deeper and become stronger. The Lord wants us to strive for quality, not quantity.