Ants are little but very strong and they don’t hesitate to use their strength. They can carry 10 – 50 times their body weight! Because they are small, their muscles are thicker compared to their body size and they produce more force compared to other animals. These remarkable insects appear to have little strength but in reality they are powerhouses.
As believers, we are somewhat like the ant. We are great powerhouses for the Lord, filled with His Holy Spirit, but, sometimes our daily efforts are hindered because we exercise little faith.
Let’s read God’s word in Matthew 17:19-20 (NIV):
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, 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 is rebuking His disciples for having little faith. They had sincerely wanted to help a little boy possessed by a demon; however, they seemingly gave up and took on the attitude of doubt. The disciples had placed borders around their faith…much like we do, so often.
A person with little faith will believe God only if life is how they want it. However, the moment their life flips and trouble falls on them, they begin to second guess God’s ways and fear He’s left them alone.
God wants us to have great faith that is persistent and never gives up on Him, no matter what the circumstance.
Ironically, Jesus describes this great faith as mustard seed faith. A mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds to plant in a garden; however, once it’s dug deep in good soil it grows into an enormous tree – sometimes up to six feet tall!
Mustard seed faith isn’t little faith, but great faith that grows to enormous heights when it is firmly planted in a heart that is determined to trust God in all circumstances.
Mustard seed faith believes God can move any mountainous obstacle that seems impossible to overcome. The promise is sure…if we have little faith, God will grow it into enormous faith if we only trust and believe.
How does your faith measure? Is it little faith or is it faith like a strong mustard seed?
As we continue our walk toward spiritual growth, let’s ask God for mustard seed faith that grows stronger while we trust in Him.