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Twice today, I read references to the Matthew 17:20 verse that speaks of having faith as a mustard seed. At first glance, it’s easy to overlook the significance of the analogy used in referring to faith.
So often when we think about faith, we want to quantify it.
We worry about having enough faith to face certain situations or whether we have “enough” faith to be used mightily by God in a situation.
That’s why the analogy given in Matthew 17:20 is so insightful. The mustard seed was one of the smallest seeds known to the common people during Jesus’ time on earth. Jesus tells the people that if they had faith as [small as] a mustard seed, they could command a mountain to move, and it would.
The mustard seed wasn’t known for its greatness of size but rather for the opposite. It was known for being insignificant in size; yet, it existed.
The analogy or truth being made is that it’s not the size of our faith that matters; it’s the fact that we have faith.
If we’re honest, we’ll recognize that when we are trying to determine whether we have enough faith for God to use us, move in our lives, or respond to a request, it’s really not about having more faith. It’s really an issue of having faith, period.
The fact, we are doubting our faith may indicate that our faith itself is at risk.
God doesn’t quantify our faith. He just tells us we have to faith.
That’s why we are told that we just need faith as a mustard seed. The point is: we just need to have faith.
If you are struggling with trusting in God, perhaps the question you need to ask yourself is, “Who is my God?”
Start reading about Him and getting to know Him personally. Let Him speak to your heart and reassure you that He is indeed a God in whom you can trust.
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.