THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
HOW LONG WILL I ENDURE YOU?
Today’s gospel: Matthew 17:14-20
Jesus was exasperated. At what? “Because of your little
faith.” (v.20a). His disciples had not been able to
cure the boy with a demon (v.16). Jesus was so exasperated
that he called them a “faithless and perverse generation”
(v.17a). Lack of faith is connected with perversity!
At the core of everything is our faith in Jesus. Jesus is
the Messiah, the Savior, the King. If we, who have already
met and know him, do not have sufficient faith in him, then
that is perversity. It contradicts everything that we ought
to know and believe about Jesus. We would in effect be out
of our minds. We would be forsaking all that is good and true,
and settling for very much less. We would be crazy.
does Jesus say to us? “Amen, 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. Nothing
will be impossible for you.” (v.20b). With even just
little faith, we can move mountains. Faith works wonders.
Faith achieves what is humanly impossible.
is that? Because in faith we act in the name of Jesus and
on behalf of Jesus. Jesus is the all-powerful God, who has
brought salvation to humankind, and who desires that everyone
experience the fullness of life in him. But Jesus acts in
and through us. So we need to have faith in him. We need to
know that he will act in us as his instruments, accomplishing
his will for the world.
do we manifest lack of faith?
When we do not proceed on what the Lord is asking us to
do because of lack of resources.
we give up on our work due to obstacles and setbacks.
we give in to depression due to hardships and crosses.
we surrender the battle to the enemy because we face a formidable
we fail to endure and persevere in the tasks at hand.
we give up on people who are difficult to deal with.
we doubt that Jesus has already won the victory and we share
in that victory.
Jesus says, “how long will I be with you?” (v.17b).
To the disciples then, Jesus was saying that he only had a
limited time in his public ministry. So they needed to shape
up. He could not handhold them forever. He could not constantly
cover up for their failures. In turn, Jesus says to us, “How
long will I endure you?” (v.17c). Jesus is about a mighty
work in the world today. He gives us the privilege to be his
instruments. He empowers us with his Spirit. But if we will
not take everything Jesus has already given us, with fullness
of faith, then Jesus will have to move on. The task at hand,
including bringing in the harvest, cannot wait forever.