Welcome to CoCo’s Chitchat! Kimberly Grace is a fellow writer from the Young Writer’s Workshop, and today she has a post for us about faith. We hope it encourages you!
Lately, I have been considering one of the mustard seeds Jesus spoke about. (The time He used it to represent faith.) And I have been asking myself some questions.
If we have faith in Him the size of a mustard seed, we can tell a mountain to move and it will. We can tell a tree to be uprooted and thrown into the sea, and it will move.
(Matthew 17:19-20 / Luke 17:3-6)
I read it in Luke, and thought- Are not seeds supposed to grow?
What are seeds meant to do when mentioned in the Bible? They are meant to grow. They are to take root, and become so much more.
If our faith starts out as a mustard seed, is it not supposed to grow into a giant mustard tree? Are not our roots supposed to go deeper and deeper into the soil? And are we to stand taller and taller?
Parable of the Sower
In a parable, Jesus speaks about a sower who threw seed on different types of ground. In some places the birds carried away the seed, or people stepped on them, so they could not be fruitful. In other places, there were weeds that choked the seeds, after they had taken root, and began to grow. In yet another place, the seeds began to grow but the ground was rocky. The seeds had no root, so they died when the sun shone on them. And finally, there were the seeds that fell on good ground, and their roots went deep. They grew, dropping and planting their own seeds eventually.
(Luke 8:4-15 / Colossians 2:6-8)
Shouldn’t our faith be the same? Yes, the seed itself is powerful. Small faith in God can move mountains. But, since that is the case, what could a bigger faith in God do? A bigger love for Him?
What could He work through you, if you trusted Him completely? Could it change someone’s heart? Could it change friendships? Could it affect a country?
Faith may be hard, but remember: He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He promises this. You are never alone.
What is Faith?
But, what is faith? How do we gain it?
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
God is the one who gives us faith. If we ask Him to increase our faith, He will, but maybe not in the way you would think.
My pastor always says to be careful what you ask God for, because He may say yes. Faith grows when it is tested, and if you ask God to grow your faith, He may test you. He will push you beyond yourself, for only when you are not resting on yourself, you are resting on God. That is when faith comes in. He takes away your control, to show you, you never had it.
He will not leave you alone. He will never forsake you. Even when all appears lost, or even if you’re just walking up to someone in a store, He is near. He will never abandon you.
Over time, from just resting in Him and obeying Him, your faith will grow. For you will have seen His faithfulness, how He has been there when you had no idea how things could work out.
Read your Bible. Read books about people who did amazing things for God, things that terrified them, but God prevailed. (I can suggest several if you’re interested.)
And pray. Seek the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
And isn’t that something? To be directed by the Lord in everything? He loves you.
When looking at all the stars and galaxies, He chooses to look at you. He chooses to see you. He loves you. You are beautiful to Him.
He wants to help you. He wants to be there for you, through everything. Thick and thin. But you have to ask Him.
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.Psalm 25:1-3a
O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you!
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