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He replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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.”

Matthew 17:20 NIV

I like to think that I have the faith of at least the mustard seed. Well, I like to think that I have more faith than the mustard seed.

I can\’t move mountains. So does that mean I don\’t have faith or enough faith? Not at all. Christians are in various stages of growth in their walk with Christ.

Because we are in various stages, sometimes it takes time to cultivate this growth. I can recall when I was a new Christian, a baby Christian if you will. We all had to start somewhere.

I was taught the basics of being a Christ-follower (insert mustard seed here) as I grew and began cultivating my faith, drawing closer to God, therefore growing my (tree) of faith into a relationship with God.

Wow, the mustard seed, one of the tiniest seeds, grows into a stunning tree. Did you know that the mustard tree grows to about 20 feet, it grows about an inch a week, and grows to full height within eight years?

Sometimes it seems as though my mustard tree is wilted and dry, craving living water. It happens; life brings with it circumstances both bad and good. We have seasons in life. Both wilted and dry to lush and fertile.

As I seek Jesus and knock at his door with my heart, I find that he brings my plant inside. He nurtures and cares for me. He waters me with his living water and feeds me with his son-shine. He facilitates my growth.

Lessons to be had from the mustard seed

  1. Caring: Do we care enough to get to know Christ and nurture a relationship with him? (emphasis on relationship).

2 . Commitment: Our relationship with Christ can\’t grow without our commitment.

  1. Start small: the mustard seed (us) starts small underground, growing in baby steps if you will.

4. Having faith: Even the size of a mustard seed can make the impossible possible.

5. Listen: Be quiet and still. Pay attention. Sometimes Jesus whispers and may give us a nudge. Other times he will speak to our hearts.

Take Away

We can become a hearty, thriving \” plant\” that sustains life with special care. Life from the living water of Jesus. Jesus used the analogy of the mustard seed for the kingdom of God. We can grow into one of the largest of garden plants.


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5 Comments

  1. I love the parable of the mustard seed – and you are so right – it’s all about relationship – with God and with those who need to know him! An inch a week sounds like beautiful growth! I didn’t know that! Thank you for this Monday Morning Encouragement! ~ Maryleigh

  2. I hope my faith continues to grow more and more. What starts as a mustard seed has great potential! Thanks for the encouragement here, Paula.

  3. Hi Paula, As I scrolled through your posts today, I was drawn to the Mustard Seed. When I was a little girl, I had a Bible with a mustard seed in a glass ball which was attached to my Bible by a little chain. Your post brought back warm memories. We can do things like this for our grandchildren that they will never forget. Blessings, Paula!

    1. Awe, Cindy. I so appreciate you sharing this lovely memory with me. {{Hugs}}

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