“He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.’”
Last week we saw Jesus walking with a desperate, grieving father. Before arriving at his home, they encounter a woman who has been plagued by bleeding for twelve years. She wades through the crowd with one thought in mind, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”
Her fingertips brush the edge of Jesus’ robes and she is immediately healed. Jesus turns to her and says, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well.”
Sometimes, we just have to reach out.
How often are we so consumed by our circumstances that rather than reaching out to Jesus, we withdraw into ourselves? We seek the darkness instead of the light. We hide rather than approach the One who can rescue us.
I want to encourage everyone who is going through a difficult time to reach out to Jesus. Plant your seed of faith in Jesus Christ. Trust in His love and His faithfulness. This life is full of trials, grief, and suffering. But we don’t have to go through it alone. We don’t have to wonder if God really cares. We can have faith that He is with us, He is working for our good, and His love is unending.
If you feel like your faith isn’t big enough or strong enough for what you face, you’re in good company. Even the apostles felt weak and unqualified. They thought they needed bigger faith to accomplish God’s purpose for them.
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’”
Faith isn’t about size, strength, or ability. Faith is about the One in whom we trust. Planting our faith in Jesus shows that we trust in His provision, His healing, His goodness, and His timing. And when we don’t get the answer we want, faith allows Him to comfort, heal, and guide us through the disappointment and hurt.
Now let’s tie these verses on mustard seeds together. Jesus tells us that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains and trees. He also tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that is planted in a field.
“Though it is the smallest of all the 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 tiny seeds of faith we plant today will grow to become strong enough to sustain us during our hardest times, and it will also provide shade and comfort to those around us. Our faith, when planted in Christ, will flourish as an example of God’s kingdom on earth. Others will see and draw near.
Faith isn’t about hoarding our seed, it’s about planting it. Faith reaches out to God like a plant reaches for the sun. God’s light provides nourishment, strength, and growth in our lives. Faith draws us nearer to God and opens the doors for God’s kingdom to be revealed on earth.
Reach out and plant your seed of faith. I can’t wait to see what grows.
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I want to follow Jesus! How do I get started?
“This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
1 John 4:13-15
If you are ready to join the family of God, simply believe and ask. You can choose your own words or pray the prayer below. God hears your heart, simply confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and let the Spirit lead you.
“Father, I want to be yours. Forgive me of my sins. I believe that you sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and thank you for the gift of salvation through Him. I invite the Holy Spirit into my heart and surrender my life to You. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Feel free to spend time just talking to God and sharing your heart with Him. Let Him speak to you and listen as He leads you forward into new life. Welcome to the family.
Need to talk or have questions? Feel free to reach out and contact me.