I trust that many of you have a burden to grow. If you’re like me, you look around and see all the areas of your life in which you could be growing and think, why am I not doing better; I keep feeling like I should be further along by now!
Well, if today is one of those days, come fix your eyes once more on the One that faith is all about.
“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ He said to them, Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:19-20
The first thing I notice in these verses is the phrase “little faith” (verse 20); it immediately implies the fact that our faith could be so much bigger. Lets stick with the example Jesus gives of a mustard seed and apply the points we discover in these verses to it.
Jesus says to “have faith like a grain of mustard seed.” A mustard seed has significance because of what it is and what it becomes when it is put into the ground. Size according to the grade of seeds is not the measure of stature here, instead we look at the potential of all that is bound up inside. We all know that a microscopic seed cannot move mountains as it is, but let it have all it needs to grow, and the tree cannot be restrained.
The same is true with our hearts — in the beginning our acts of faith and power we command by it may not be great, but faith is something that must be allowed to grow and birst out of the boundaries of our present knowledge. As we allow God to feed us with the wisdom and understanding of His Son through His Word, the ministry of His Holy Spirit and our continued exercise of obedience, we will be able to watch God grow us.
And this, I believe is the key to a vibrant life in Christ, in which you can move mountains: Have a maturing faith. One that grows mighty having great roots. Then “nothing will be impossible for you” (v. 20b).
Mustard seeds must mature to reach the full potential of its true identity. Let your view of God grow by investing yourself in knowing Him for who He is and what He can do. Then seek Him for how He can do His work through you so that you can experience all the fullness of Christ.