Sharp. Pungent. Tangy.
I wasn’t a fan until I met my husband. He loves it, and now I do too. For me, a little mustard goes a long way, but God says that’s true of faith as well. In fact, a mustard seed portion of faith is enough to do the job. So, slap some mustard on your hot dog and let’s train with the mustard seed.
Jesus mentions a mustard seed in three different contexts in five different places:
- Matthew 17:20 (14-21) In this passage, Jesus healed a boy with seizures. Scripture tells us a demon caused the boy’s illness. Jesus rebuked the demon, it left, and the boy was healed. This immediately followed the Transfiguration. The disciples who had been left behind already had authority over evil spirits (Matthew 10:1). Privately, they asked Jesus why they failed to heal the boy. Verse 20 gives His answer—“because you have so little faith.” Is there an area where you once had victory, but now struggle? The issue may be one of faith—mustard seed faith.
- Luke 17:1-6. Jesus had just spoken on the seriousness of causing another to sin and on the need to offer repeated forgiveness. The disciples’ response? “Increase our faith.” Jesus’ reply? Mustard seed faith.
- Matthew 13:31; Mark 4:31; Luke 13:19 These passages give a parable about the kingdom of heaven. Three times. Think this one’s important? Here’s Matthew’s version,“He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” The takeaway? Small beginning, big finish.
So why the emphasis on small? A tiny mustard seed?
Because something as small as a mustard seed, when linked to God’s power, has no limits to its potential.
“The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it.” Oswald Chambers
When the battle grows fierce . . .
When the task at hand appears impossible . . .
When the whole world looks like it’s going to hell . . .
Remember the mustard seed.
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Workout of the Week: Pass the Mustard
Memory Verse: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32 NIV
Just Do It: Have mustard seed faith.