Something to think about.
The Power of a Mustard Seed
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
The size of a mustard seed. The sermons I have heard on this passage of scripture have always focused on our faith and the size of our faith. I would like to focus on the mustard seed.
|A Mustard Seed|
The mustard seed is small. I would like to bring a comparison between the mustard seed and the power it represents. Having read the bible, I do not remember another comparison of faith to a physical object.
Jesus said, “and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” He did not qualify that statement by saying or eluding to an increase of faith. He was still referring to a ” faith as a grain of mustard seed.” I am trying to illustrate the power of faith not the size of the mustard seed or the size of your faith. Jesus is saying if you have the smallest of faith you can do incredible things. The question, then is, do you have faith?
Look at the last part of Romans 12:3 Paul is speaking to Christians.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3
Faith is not something that is acquired by action it is granted by God through grace. In other words, if you are a child of God you possess the mustard seed. This is both exhilarating and daunting. It is exhilarating, exciting and liberating to know that within me is faith to move mountains. It is sobering to realize I have done so little with it.
You must understand faith is static it does not grow it does not increase it is not acquired. It can only be exercised. By that I mean your faith does not increase, by applying your faith you begin to unleash its power. The full potential of faith has always been in you the “ faith as a grain of mustard seed” was sufficient to “move mountains” sufficient to do the impossible. This Faith that was given to you was complete when you received it whether you know it or not. The exercise of faith does not bring you more faith it brings forth what has always existed within you.
The level of your faith has nothing to do with the power of the mustard seed. The power contained in the mustard seed is the power of God to change all things for His purposes through you. We have been given the right the authority and the responsibility to use the power of the mustard seed to fulfill His calling in our lives.
The mustard seed is not about faith it is about power. You already have faith will you exercise the power within your faith.