Faith As a Mustard Seed

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about faith.

I started a new habit of reading the Bible like a storybook, in the Message Translation. Reading just to enjoy. Sometimes, I think, we read Scripture too scholastically, or, to check off a “Good Christian” to-do list, and we can so easily miss the Spirit and very essence of what God is saying to us. I think God wants us to want to hear His story. 

This week, I’ve also been woken up earlier than usual, pretty consistently. Somewhere around 3 or 4 am a few nights ago, in a haze of half-sleep, I opened my Bible app and decided to read. I just kept on reading, page after page, book after book. I couldn’t put it down. God’s story was coming alive to me in a new way. Such a peace washed over me. 

So peaceful, in fact, that I eventually started to doze back to sleep. I awoke shortly thereafter to Hebrews 12, brightly illuminated next to my pillow.

“When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls.” Hebrews 12:3, The Message

If you’re unfamiliar, Hebrews 11 is the “Hall of Fame” faith chapter of Hebrews. It outlines the way that the heroes of the faith approached God and believed God with boldness, when everything in their line of human sight encouraged them otherwise. Hebrews 12 reflects on not only the endurance of God’s people, but even more so, Jesus’ own endurance - enduring the pain and humiliation of the cross - because He loves us!

What does it mean for me to have faith? It simply means, to just keep going forward.

Moreover, I keep going because I know that God’s reality is beyond what I see and experience. Because I know that God has the victory already. And why is that? Because I know God. I don’t only know that God has the victory. I know God as victorious. I know His character.

Maybe this is why faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6)? Having faith means we truly know Him.

For, what is the motivation and the genesis of this deep kind of knowing? Love.

And, we only need faith as small as a mustard seed. 

Pastor Bryon asked the question this Sunday, “What will you do with your final seed? Will you eat it, or will you plant it, in faith, that it will grow?”

I’ve heard a lot of people say recently, that they feel like this is their last “seed”. Many of my personal heroes or mentors in the faith, who are getting older, have said to me, “This is my last push. I feel like I have one push left within me. I want to do something great for the Lord. I want to see revival.” Many people at this time in our world are hanging on by a thread. They have one “seed” left. In many ways and areas of my own life, I have also felt those kinds of feelings. Sometimes, I feel like I am just a mustard seed, myself.

I know that Pastor Bryon asked the question, mainly, in regard to giving a physical offering to the Lord, but I think the implication is SO much broader than just an end of the year offering. 

What if I am the ultimate seed? Will I thrust my whole self into the soil, and believe for God to grow something from me: from whatever I have left? It’s much more than just my money. It’s much more than just my time. It’s much more than just my gifts. What if the ultimate act of faith is offering to the Lord all of me?

Let us be encouraged to move forward in faith, with our whole selves as an offering before the Lord: believing God for all He says He is and for all He has done, is doing, and promises that He will do.

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.

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