Matthew 17:20, 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.
So often when I see a passage referencing mustard seed, immediately, I think of the size. “Just a little, itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny bit. If I just have that.” Can you relate?
That’s because Mark 4 speaks of it that way, in the context of the Kingdom of God.
But I think it’s important to note that Jesus didn’t say anything about the size of our faith. What he said was, “faith as a grain of mustard seed”.
He was talking about the potential of faith.
Is the Kingdom of God small?
Insert “pregnant pause” here.
At first glance, the mustard seed looks insignificant.
Yet, it’s the same principle as Hebrews 11:3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
If someone says, “I give you my word.”, are you tangibly holding anything?
But it’s a promise and it’s as good as yours.
This is how it is with God’s word. It always produces and like the mustard seed, its BIG TIME!
This may seem a bit off course here but bear with me. Remember this post? (Will This Faith Live?) If not, go back and read it when you’re done with this.
It was in that post that I talked about applying resurrection power to our faith.
James 2:26, Faith without works is dead.
Dead faith doesn’t believe anything, say anything and much less, produce (do) anything!
Now, just read what Matthew 17:20 says in the amplified version….
He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Did you see that? The mustard seed is representative of faith that is living!
Does your faith need CPR? God breathes on it when you do. When your breath passes over your vocal chords releasing His word into the atmosphere, it gives faith a pulse!