“He told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32 (NIV)
What kind of faith is mustard seed faith? Mustard seeds are very small but Jesus tells us those tiny seeds grow into trees.
What does the mustard seed have to do with our faith? Our faith sometimes is small. Jesus tells us that even the smallest amount of faith will become stronger if we obey the Father.
What does faith involve? We have to trust the Lord with everything we have, we are or we want. In order to learn to trust, we have to learn to surrender our wants to the Lord.
When the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked Him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The Lord told “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.” He told Jesus he kept all those things since he was a boy. Jesus then told the ruler to give up his riches. The young ruler walked away from the Lord. He couldn’t surrender all He had.
When I was in college, I was required to take an introductory class in religion. We had a book to study, Christianity and History by Herbert Butterfield. At the time, the treatment of the study matter was over my head. What I remember even today almost 50 years later is the last sentence of the book. “Believe in God and for all else hold lightly.”
A few questions we all need to ask ourselves.
What do we have to surrender in our 21st Century?
Can we learn to exercise our faith in all areas of our lives?
Do we have any habits that God doesn’t like?
Can we surrender them to Him?
Do we have any possessions that keep us away from time with God?
Can we share with those who have nothing?
We all need a strong faith to get us through the many trials of this life. But initially we need to have faith the size of a mustard seed. As we exercise our faith, it grows and continues to grow each time we use it. When we believe that our prayer requests will be answered, we exercise our faith. When someone asks us to do something for them, we also act in faith.
When I was a child, a lot of women had a mustard seed fob hanging from their wrist watches. I remember asking one lady what was on her watch. She told me what it was but I don’t remember if she explained the story behind it. As I look back. I wish she had. One of the pastors I has the privilege of knowing and working with told us we should undertake something so big that we have to have the Lord help us.
I participate in a small prayer group at my church. We did a skit on Laity Sunday to bring to mind our need for more space. One of our ladies found mustard seed jewelry, shown above. We refer to ourselves as “The Mustard Seeds.” We are trying to sell these to contribute to our building fund. I want to give a necklace to someone who reads my blog. Here’s all you have to do:
*1. You will get one entry if you leave a comment at the end of this post and include your email address.
*2. You get one extra entry if you tell me you follow me or if you start to follow me.
*3. You get one extra entry if you share this post on your Facebook page.
*4. You get one extra entry if you twitter this post to your friends.
Let me know your intentions of doing #2-#4 when you comment.
I am sorry, I have to limit this to those who live in the United States. This drawing will close @ midnight on Monday, December 9, 2013. I will announce the winner on Wednesday December 11, 2013