Jonathan Hood
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  “…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." – Matthew 17:20

This verse brought me back to a principle that I firmly live by: the principle of reaping and sowing. In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of faith as small as a mustard seed.  

The thing about mustard seeds is that they are probably one of the smallest seeds in the world. While they don’t necessarily grow into big plants or trees, what makes them so remarkable is their ability to grow big, wide and rapidly.

We are taught that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed (the smallest of seeds), we can tell a mountain to move, and it will. I whole-heartedly believe this. This verse brought me back to a sermon I once heard where the pastor said, “Faith is a currency, and so are seeds.”

For me personally, that means I have to trade some of my faith in order to be able to move the mountains in my life. Or it could mean that if I plant this seed, the fruit will be so great that it will be able to make significant change in my life.

But what am I willing to pay?

People often forget that faith is a currency. Not works. But faith. In essence, God is willing to move mountains in our lives in exchange for the tiniest bit of faith in Him.

Apart from sunflower seeds, we usually plant seeds in the hopes of growing something fruitful. We exchange these seeds with the earth, and in return, the soil (given the right conditions) gives us fruit-producing shrubs and trees.

The parable states that if our faith is as small as a mustard seed, that the strength, value and currency of this faith will be used in exchange to do mighty things. All we need is the tiniest bit of faith as small as that seed.

If I have $100 sitting in my bank account, it’s exactly that - $100 in my bank account. I can ultimately use it in exchange for something I want. Or I can save it. Or invest it into something else. If I choose the latter, that $100 serves as a mustard seed for something greater. But if I let it sit there, I risk the chance of spending it frivolously, which won’t get much out of it. If I exchange it, plant it, use it, or trade it, I’m going to get something in return. It could be for something meaningful that will give me great and marvellous strength. It could enable me to reach new heights in a financial realm. It could strengthen me to do great and mighty exploits.

All I need is that bit of faith to believe that I can achieve something miraculous. We often try to rely on our own strengths and stress when things don’t go our way. By lack of faith, we will always miss the mark.

God doesn’t say that if you’re perfect in your walk you will be able to do great things. He says if you have faith as small as a seed, you will move mountains. Faith is the answer. Faith is the solution. Faith is the currency. And it is the smallest price we can pay.

So for this new year, I encourage you to take a mustard seed-sized leap of faith. That might just be all it takes to get that breakthrough.

 

-JH

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