“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.’” Matthew 13:31-32
Without a doubt this is the most misunderstood and misinterpreted parable of Jesus. If you want to learn why, you will need to join us Wednesday night as we look deeper into this scripture. In the meantime, I would like to tantalize your taste buds by sharing one lesson of faith I believe is found in this parable.
In Matthew 17:20 it says, “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, 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.’” Just before Jesus said these words, we learn that the disciples had been unable to drive out a demon from a little boy and Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief or lack of faith. The mustard seed was the smallest known seed, but just as a mustard seed can grow into a tree, a small seed of faith can accomplish great things for the kingdom of God.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly need faith that can move a mountain right now. There has been a mammoth-sized mountain in front of me for some time and I have never felt so weak or powerless. The truth is, if we feel weak or powerless as Christians, we should examine our faith and make sure we are not trusting in our own abilities to produce results, but in God’s. Maybe you are facing mountain-size problems that seem immovable today. If so, divert you eyes from those mountains and look to the Messiah to strengthen your faith. If you do, Jesus promises that “nothing will be impossible for you.” Listen! It is not the amount of faith that makes all things possible; rather, it is the power of God that is available to anyone with even the smallest faith. We cannot fail when we have faith in Him who never fails.
Join us on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we dig deeper into “The Parable of the Mustard Seed”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!