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2 Jul 2007

Like a Child: Mustard Seed Faith

Posted by Phil

like-a-childWrapping up the theme Like a Child, it’s important that we look at the mustard seed faith of children and what it means to have the faith of a child. The command comes from Matthew 17:20, ” 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.”

Because the dependence of children has already been covered, this post will focus on the persistence aspect of mustard seed faith. The faith we are to have must grow, and the only way for it to grow is to remain persistent through life. There are many examples in the Bible of people who were persistent, and because of their persistence received what they needed. In Luke 11:8, Jesus tells a parable about a man who needs loaves of bread from his friend late at night. The friend initially tells him to go away, but eventually provides the food because the man in need continued knocking at his friend’s door. Luke 18:1-8 tells of a woman who desperately wants justice against her adversary, but is repeatedly denied. The judge eventually decided her case, even though he neither feared God nor cared about men. He simply wanted her to go away.

The last phrase of Luke 18:8 tells the whole story, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” That’s the big question. When Jesus comes back, will we have been persistent enough to continue living as He did. As long as we start with mustard seed faith, it can grow into a large bush with the help of God and our continued persistence. And as long as we have faith, nothing is impossible but everything can be accomplished when God is with us, even if we feel weak and powerless in our own right.

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