Spice Up Your Faith

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler

Jesus said that even mustard-seed-size faith can move mountains. Think about that. You don’t have to have big, big faith to achieve big, big results. You only have to have a little bit of faith because faith is like a seed that is genetically programmed for growth. Growth will happen as long as it’s planted in favorable soil.mustard seeds

The mustard tree that Jesus referred to is probably black mustard, growing from a tiny seed that produces a huge bush, sprouting yellow flowers, and climbing to a height of up to eight feet.

I like how one source put it when describing where to plant black mustard: “Disturbed areas are preferred.” Though I knew the phrase had a technical definition, I couldn’t help but laugh when I read it because our own faith needs to be planted right in the middle of life’s disturbances. After all, why would we need faith if everything was already perfect and if everybody already belonged to God?

Of course, faith is far different than wishful thinking. Wishing is simply wanting something badly enough to hope we will get it. The focus is on what we want. Faith, on the other hand, is not focused on us or our wants but on what God wants for us. It’s a Spirit-inspired gift that we put to work in tandem with God’s promises. For instance, in Matthew 6:30, Jesus said that the God who cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow  will surely care for us. So we can count on it. God’s promised provision frees us from chronic worry so we can focus our energy on seeking first his Kingdom rather than ours, placing ourselves in the center of his will.  

 
Originally published January 30, 2014.

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