MUSTARD SEED FAITH IS NOT ENOUGH.
I know you have heard that, faith the size of the mustard seed is enough to solve the situation.
I know you have also heard just a little faith can push God to do that thing you want.
I know even Jesus said in Matt 17:20 to the disciples “…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.”
I know. I’m rolling my eyes right now, because I know. I’ve heard it too. (haha)
Please allow me to burst your bubble a little bit.
Let’s dive into some real truth, really quick. Shall we?
FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED CANNOT ACTUALLY TAKE YOU AS FAR.
Look at Faith like fuel, if you have just a little faith (fuel) you can start your journey (car) but if it’s not enough, you would get stuck on the way.
Do you see my point?
Let’s look at Peter in Matt 14:22-31.
When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and WALKED ON THE WATER toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
So, it’s clear that Peter actually walked on water because verse 29 clearly states so. How did Peter “WALK” on water?? FAITH! He actually had faith, walking on Water ISSAAA BIG DEAL. So he walked on water because he believed he could. Then what happened next?
“But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink…”
Peter started to sink because he shifted focus and noticed what was happening around him and he started to base his situation based on what was happening and not what Jesus said in the beginning. He started the walk because Jesus told him come.
But when the winds started showing off, he became afraid… If you notice the verses before verse 22, the wind had being like that even before he walked on water but as at then his focus on Christ and all Christ was telling him.
We can learn here that situations around us can hinder us from actually seeing and hearing what Christ is saying concerning an issue.
Where there is fear, there is no faith.
And so it is clear that Peter had little faith to begin with because his faith was originally laced with fear.
“When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out"
Where there is faith, there is courage.
Jesus told him, “You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?”
So we can see that faith can indeed be too small.
Faith the size of a mustard seed is good, because that’s the starting point, but DON’T LEAVE IT THERE.
LET IT GROW.
Paul said to the church in Thessalonica, “You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it’s a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally;”
Their faith was growing and it was OBVIOUS. I bet at first, it was like a grain of mustard seed, very small, but gradually it increased, and grew exceedingly.
That’s the kind of Faith that is required of us. That’s the kind of faith that CAN DO SOMETHING. This kind of faith CAN DO ANYTHING.
I cannot fail to mention the great centurion man in Matthew 8 whose servant was sick and ready to die.
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
The story of the centurion man gets me ALL the time, even Jesus Marvelled. The faith was too GREAT.
So, How exactly do we grow our faith? The WORD.
But I’ll do another blog post on this.
There we have it people, Faith is like fuel it can only take you as far as you have. If it’s too small it won’t go far it will only start the engine. But if it’s enough, you will go far and far.
For some, seeing is believing but for us, believing is seeing.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”