Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Faith Starts Small
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.
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
Any way we look at faith, we see it starts small. Our equal-opportunity 'God has allotted to each a measure of faith' (Romans 12:3). In the Parable of the Sower, we are told that God sows a seed of faith in every person.
The hard part is growing that faith. Some people reject it. Others ignore it or forget about it; they allow this tiny seed to be choked by the distractions of this world.
But God wants our faith to grow: if we do our part, He will do 'Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think' (Ephesians 3:20). He wants us to become 'Exceedingly fruitful' (Genesis 17:6).
To grow our faith...
1. We must water it in 'The fountain of living waters' (Jeremiah 17:13), Who is the Living God. We fellowship with God in His Word, in Spirit, in prayer, in nature, and in community with believers.
2. We must work it because 'Faith without works is dead' (James 2:20). We work our faith by cultivating the seed without seeing the harvest, by stepping into our destinies without seeing the outcome.
If faith is that mustard seed 'Which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches' (Luke 13:19), imagine how many lives will be touched by your growing faith.
Imagine hundreds, thousands, even millions of eyes open wide on a screen when you or a fellow performer receives that Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Oscar, or Golden Globe and says, 'Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus. You made me what I am today.'
Cherish small beginnings.