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Post  Admin on Sun 6 Jan 2019 - 18:10

The Smallest Faith

It depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
(Romans 9:16)
Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of the year that all we will get 
from God this year as believers in Jesus is mercy. Whatever pleasures or 
pains come our way will all be mercy.

This is why Christ came into the world in order that the Gentiles might 
glorify God for his mercy (Romans 15:9).
We were born again according to his great mercy (1 Peter 1:3).
We pray daily that we may receive mercy (Hebrews 4:16); 
and we are now waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads 
to eternal life (Jude 1:21).
If any Christian proves trustworthy, it is by the Lord's mercy [he] is 
trustworthy (1 Corinthians 7:25).
In
Luke 17:5,
the apostles plead with the Lord, Increase our faith! And Jesus says, 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
(Luke 17:6).
In other words, the issue in your Christian life and ministry is not the 
strength or quantity of your faith, because that is not what uproots trees. 
God does. Therefore, the smallest faith that truly connects you with Christ will 
engage enough of his power for all you need.

But what about your successes? Does your obedience move you out of the 
category of supplicant of mercy? Jesus gives the answer in the following 
versesof
Luke 17:7 10.

Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him
when he has come in from the field, Come at once and sit down at table? 
Will he not rather say to him, Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and 
serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink? Does 
he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you 
have done all that you were commanded, say, We are unworthy servants; we 
have only done what was our duty.

Therefore, I conclude, the fullest obedience and the smallest faith obtain 
the same thing from God: mercy. A mere mustard seed of faith taps into the
mercy of tree-moving power. And flawless obedience leaves us utterly dependent on 
mercy.

The point is this: Whatever the timing or form of God's mercy, we never rise
above the status of beneficiaries of mercy. We are always utterly dependent
on the undeserved.

Therefore let us humble ourselves and rejoice and glorify God for his 
mercy!

For more about John Piper's ministry and writing, see
DesiringGod.org.
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