Matthew 17:20 says “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”.
The mustard seed is a very tiny ordinary seed about 1 to 2 mm in diameter. But it grows impressively to be a very mighty plant. The greens are edible and the flowers attractive. When the seeds are allowed to mature they provide for mustard making. Once the seed is grown into a full plant, it is a crop cover, meaning it covers other crops from insects and harsh elements. It grows well in any soil, but will produce faster in a well maintained rich soil. The hotter and drier the weather is the mustard seed seems to grow faster.
Our faith walk with Christ is like the growth of that tiny mustard seed. Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God, it connects us to Him. We are justified by our faith. As our faith grows from a tiny seed we began to live in the will of God, we flourish and loose the ugliness of sin, and take on the beauty of holiness. Our faith grows even more and we become more confident in Him and begin producing more for His glory. In His name we are able to repel evil and be a light to others that they too may flourish in the kingdom. Just like the seed, where ever we are planted we grow to bring Him glory. We strive to mature into a healthy child of God by feeding our heart and minds with God’s nutrients, His Word. Even in extreme conditions, our trials and tribulations, we flourish because we have faith in God’s promises to us. A cultivated faith is one that is fully fed by the Word of God, one that is planted and rooted in Him.
What can a mustard seed teach us about Faith? It teaches us that from small beginnings greatness can be achieved.