In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “… 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.”
Wow. Have you ever seen a mustard seed? They are tiny. If you need a frame of reference, they would be similar to a sesame seed, like you see on your hamburger buns. But, they’re round.
I can’t help but think if that’s all it takes to move a mountain, faith must be very powerful. I also have to wonder what size my faith is.
FAITH IS POWERFUL
An experience I had this summer illustrated this whole concept for me in an unexpected way.
On August 21, 2017, we had the opportunity to view something very rare in the United States—a total solar eclipse, if you were in the right place. I was in Louisville, KY, just off the “total” line by a small distance.
I joined my co-workers outside that afternoon for an Eclipse Viewing. We had pinhole projectors for an indirect view and our special glasses so we could look directly at the sun as the moon passed in front of it.
Did you get to experience this? It was eerie as the light of day faded in the middle of the afternoon and began to look like dusk was near.
I have to say, I was actually surprised that it didn’t get much darker at the peak of the eclipse for our area. There was just a tiny sliver of the sun visible; the air was noticeably cooler; and the light was dim. But, we were nowhere near being in the dark and no one needed to grab a coat to stay warm.
That’s when it hit me. We really take the sun for granted—its light and its warmth. How can just that tiny, little sliver of the sun give light and warmth from 93,000,000 miles away? That’s powerful.
No wonder people through the ages have worshipped the sun. But, our sun is only one star in this universe that is only a part of the creation of our God. How many stars are there? How big is the universe? How powerful the Creator is who gave us the sun.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” - Hebrews 1:3
YOUR FAITH MATTERS
That’s when I thought about the comparison to our faith. “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…” you can do powerful things. Faith is powerful! Faith is life-changing, world-changing!
If you compare faith to the solar eclipse, just a little teeny, tiny spit of faith can light up the world for millions of people. But you have to believe.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” - Hebrews 11:1.
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the Hall of Faith because it commends the faith of many who have gone before us. Their faith should matter to us because without it we may not have had the opportunity to have faith.
Your faith matters to those in your life. It is powerful, no matter how small you think it is. It lights the way for others to follow and find the Savior.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” - Hebrews 12:1-3