To have your faith increased you must have some. You cannot increase something you do not have.
What follows only applies to those who are living for God and others. Do you have any faith in God and His Holy Word? If not, you must get yourself right with God and others by turning from your sins and accepting Jesus as your personal Savior. Is Jesus your Savior and Lord?
Next, we need a good definition for faith. The great faith chapter in the Judeo-Christian Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” — Hebrews 11:1. The examples that follow show you the power of real faith. No faith equals no power! Are you living in the supernatural?
Faith comes at a price. In 2 Peter 1:5-8 we read, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” By following this path to develop a steadfast faith, your existing faith is enriched. This is very important if you are going to see your faith increased. See 1 Timothy 1:5. Have you been diligently adding the above attributes to your faith?
The answer Jesus gave the apostles may surprise you. The question you may ask is, “How do the verses following the apostles request for increased faith found in Luke 17:6-10 have anything to do with increasing faith?” Truth is, this answer has everything to do with increasing our faith. Are you ready to increase your faith?
The mystery hidden to most people is faith and faithfulness go together. Only as we trust and obey God can we have a real living faith that produces Hebrews 11 results. The key to understanding Jesus’ answer to the apostles is, as we fine-tune our faithfulness we increase our faith. Are you being faithful to God and others?
Here is how it works. There are two part to the formula that will increase our faith. They are working for Jesus and worshiping our true and living Creator-Redeemer God.
Luke 17:7 has to do with our work. Jesus’ Great Commission is our work assignment. It is recorded in Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15b; Luke 24:46-49. We do two things: as servants of God we plow His field and we feed His sheep. In other words, we prepare people’s hearts to receive God’s Word and we help people grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. See Matthew 13:18-23 and 2 Peter 3:18. Are you working faithfully for the advancement of God’s kingdom and His righteous?
Luke 17:8-10 has to do with our worship. Worshiping God means “feeding” God first. The Bible verses that go with this are Matthew 6:33 and John 4:24. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” See also Psalm 37:1-8. Are you worshiping God or something else?
As we work in the world to prepare people’s hearts to get right with God and others and feed the Church of Jesus with blessings and encouragement, our faith increases. As we worship God as directed in Psalm 37:1-8 our faith increases. Thus we see Jesus’ answer to the apostles for their faith to increase is tied to our faithfulness in doing God’s work and worshiping Him. This is the only way you can increase your faith. Is your faithfulness increasing your faith?