“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.” –Jesus Christ, Matthew 17:20.
So if Jesus’ words are true, why don’t those mountains move? How come every year when mine and Hallie’s families took their annual camping trip to Big Bear, nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear was in the same place? How come when our plane is on its final approach to Las Vegas or Phoenix, the pilot can’t just say, “Ok mountains, go ahead and move now!” and avoid the need to maneuver around them to land in the valleys?
Faith accomplishes the impossible; Jesus tells us so. So why aren’t we seeing the impossible being accomplished? Are we really ye of such little faith? In my whole adult body, I don’t have as much faith as a little mustard seed?
I think most of us are pretty good at being faithful to the things we love: a spouse, a cause, showing up on time for a job. At least, we’re faithful when things are easy, when our faith isn’t really tested. But that’s like saying we’re helpful when no one asks for help, or that we’re kind when no one is rude. When it really counts, most of us don’t have faith enough in our God, the only One who can truly move the mountains, to fit on the tip of a pen.
The thing is, God doesn’t ask us to move mountains. Have you ever read the parable in Matthew 25, the one where the master leaves to travel to a far country, and he gives each of his servants a different amount of talents (that’s Bible money, not skills, but we’ll get to that) to take care of? When the master returns, he does not expect the servant with two talents to have earned as much in return as the one with five. He is happy when the servant who had been given five has earned another five in return, and when the servant who had been given two has earned two in return. He tells them both, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:26).
God doesn’t ask us to move mountains. God asks us to be faithful in the little things, to use the talents (this time I mean skills) and resources He’s given us in faith that He can do much more with them than we can imagine. Faith is hard to define, but I think that’s because it’s “a belief not based on proof.” By definition, it is exceedingly abstract. Faithful is “having or showing true or constant support or loyalty” or to be “constant, reliable, trusted, or believed;” faithfulness is “the quality of being faithful.” Faithful is being constantly loyal even when you can’t see proof as to why you should be. God asks us to have the faith of a mustard seed not in ourselves or in the sciences that say a mountain can’t be moved. God asks us to have just the tiniest bit of faith in Him. And when we have that, my friend, is when we’ll see those mountains crumble.
Oh, what could become possible if we had faith the size of a mustard seed in our God. Oh, what could become possible if we let Him cultivate faithfulness in our lives. and if we mirrored our God’s character, and if we were never-endingly faithful to Him and to others. Oh, to be constant, reliable, trusted, believed, Oh, to have faith in the one who is always constant, reliable, trusted, believed.
Oh, to see the fruit of faithfulness reach full blossom in this life.