“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.“
Matthew 17:20 NLT
This idea of having faith as small as a mustard seed has always been a bit difficult for me – it’s actually caused a little bit of stress because I know I don’t have enough faith to move a mountain. If it takes faith as small as a mustard seed to do that, then I’m in real trouble. I must have faith as small as…a molecule or something.
But Jay E. Adams has an interesting insight into this passage that got me excited. He wrote:
Don’t you see what He meant? He was saying ‘You don’t need anything more. Even the faith that you have is enough to work wonders if you will only exercise it in obedience.’
I see now that it’s not on our shoulders to move the mountains. It’s on God’s. He only asks that we trust him and put what faith we have into obedience.
What if you put your small offering of faith, even if it’s as small as a mustard seed, into obedience to Christ? What if you trusted God enough to use what little faith you have? What if you planted it in the soil of God’s care – how might you see it grow? What if, a year from now, it was no longer that tiny seed, but a growing and thriving plant that was established in God? God can move mountains, if only you have faith to watch how he’ll move.
What could God do with your faith today? What could he do in your job, your family, your finances, your marriage? Maybe today’s the day you plant that little mustard seed.