Have you ever wished you could accomplish something really big and life-changing? Some days I feel like the disciples watching Jesus do amazing things around them and wondering why they can’t do the same.

For example, one day, they saw Jesus deliver a demon-possessed boy and asked why they weren’t able to do the same thing. Jesus told them they didn’t have enough faith. That “if you have faith as a mustard seed” they could tell mountains to move and nothing would be impossible for them. (See Matthew 17:14-21 NKJV)

Another time, Jesus taught his disciples to forgive a brother whenever he repents, even if it was seven times in a single day. Feeling overwhelmed, they asked Jesus to increase their faith. (Probably knowing how hard it is to forgive!) Jesus responded with the mustard seed example again. “If you have faith as a mustard seed,” they could move deeply-rooted mulberry trees to the sea. (See Luke 17:1-6 NKJV) 

What’s so special about mustard seeds? “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32 NKJV)

Mustard seeds are the smallest of seeds … with the greatest potential. But all seeds must be planted so they can grow into something greater. And that growth happens through nothing the seed has done other than yield itself to the process.

The same is true in my life. I may not have the size of faith to move mountains or trees, but I have a little bit. And if I use that tiny seed of faith and allow God to work in my life, growth happens. I discover more about God’s character, and I learn to trust Him more. The more I know, the more I love. And the more I love, the more I’m willing to serve. Once my faith has grown, I can step out in faith to believe God for the things only He is able to do. Impossible things like moving mountains of materialism and uprooting trees of bitterness. And it all starts with faith that grows like mustard seeds grow.

I want to be like the mustard tree, deeply rooted with branches full of birds. But tiny seeds don’t shelter birds; trees do. So, because I want to be like a tree in 2012, I’m willing to invest the time and let my faith grow.

What about you? What big things do you want to accomplish? Do you have even a tiny bit of faith? Is that faith growing?

Like A Tree – Mustard Seeds
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