SIZING UP OUR FAITH

“Well, she won’t account for much.”  “She must be the runt of the family.”  “Look how small she is.”  “Her family will probably have to care for her all her life.” 

“He is not very good looking; he will have a harder time in life.”

“She is so shy; it will be a miracle if she finds work or even marries someday.” 

“He has the attention span of a gnat!”  “He’s going to have a rough go at life.”

“She is afraid of her own shadow!”  “Her fear will hinder her.”

“They married way too early in life; they will never make it.”

“He can’t catch or throw a ball to save him; he will have a hard time making any team.”

These are just a few of the small seeds that are planted in our minds as children.  We can either believe what others say about us with their limited worldview of what they can only see on the outside or go with God’s words, His Ways, with His Voice that tells us the complete opposite of what “they” say.  He has plants a small seed on the inside that can grow into fulfilling His purpose in us.  It begins with our small faith that is willing to be nurtured with growth.

Our attention and focus must be on the size of our faith?  Jesus teaches that our faith, even as small as a mustard seed, can blossom into all that God wants for us, all they HE wants to do in us and through us for His purpose and glory!  Stop and read this again, I am.  Spend all day long on this thought.  What God has planted in you can be accomplished with just a small seed of faith in Him–the size of a mustard seed!  Have faith in the One who created all, is in all, controls all and wants His best for all.  Have faith in the One and Only who died to save us and rose again to prove He lives and stand ready to help us!  Use this small size of faith to move mountains of problems that overwhelm us.  Use small seeds of faith to pray, believing God WILL indeed answer.  Small seeds of faith can and will bring us closer to God through Jesus, His Son in the most important relationship we will ever have.  In fact, all relationships we will have on earth with others are affected by the relationship we first have with God, the Father that Jesus provided by way of the cross.

Be one with the Father in Heaven by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son and be saved.  Faith in Him will open our eyes to “seeing” and understanding Who God really is and what He can do.  Mustard size seeds of Faith grow into mighty trees of lifegiving wisdom that help others find and follow Him, too!  Come to God’s garden where seeds grow into giant trees of faith.  Ah, the Garden of Life!  “Come”, says Jesus.  “Bring your small seeds of faith and I will grow it.” 

Reminds me the old hymn…In the Garden…

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing…

What is the size of our faith?  Wrong question. 

Is our faith growing?  Right question.

Matthew—The Law Fulfilled

Matthew 13:31-32, NLT

Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

Abba, Father in Heaven,

You have reminded us again that it is not the size of our faith so much as it is in the growing of our faith.  Growing faith can indeed move mountains of worry and concern, problems and circumstances beyond our control.  Growing faith is a result of a growing intimacy with you in relationship where you talk and we listen.  You show us the way and we trust it is the right way.  You warn us of trouble ahead and we heed your words. When we fall, our small faith in You calls out to you and You hear us.  Yes, we are grateful for Your Holy Spirit that feeds and grows our small faith that lies within us.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  May your glory be seen in us and all around us even today.

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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