Hi all! Hope you are doing good wherever you are at :)
Lately I have been studying the gospel of Matthew and I have a few things I'd like to share with you in coming days. Let's start with a little something about the Parable of the Mustard Seed, from Matthew 13:31-32 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 your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
Have you ever seen a mustard seed? It's so tiny it could get lost in your hand, yet when planted, it has the potential of growing into a huge tree.
Why did Jesus compare this seed to our faith? What's the similarity between those two:
-both start of looking tiny, almost meaningless. Looking at them at first we could think that getting any fruit out of them would be impossible.
-Have you ever been or are you this kind of person who feels unsure about stepping out of their comfort zone? If so, then Welcome to the club, you are now officially a Human being!
If that mustard seed had its voice, I bet it wouldn't ever dream of becoming a tree. Imagine it looking at the field and thinking 'those trees are so awesome and strong, I bet their seed was huge and they were just made to be trees!'
But what if that mustard seed missed one thing out of that picture? The fact that those trees where actually coming from tiny mustard seeds?
We often get discouraged instead of encouraged when we see people 'high up'. They seem to be so good at what they are doing that it seems like they were born in that position.
Do you ever find yourself moaning or criticizing yourself, comparing yourself to people who have gone way further than you?
I want to tell you something.
Those people started off from exactly the same spot where you have done- in the beginning.
Ask anyone and they will tell you the story of hardships, sacrifices, issues and all other problems they had to overcome to get to this place.
Ask them if they would have been at that place if they refused to learn. Ask them how did they come to the knowledge they have right now.
Ask them if it was easy.
Ask them if it was worth it.
Too often we forget that every single of us is in journey through their life.
When Jesus was saying this parable he focused on the matter of faith.
Faith is a mustard seed that is in every human being.
Have you got a saving account?
How do you save?
By putting money into account, right? You can keep on adding the money, you can freeze the money for certain period of time, you can do many things with it. But the point of it is the profit this kind of account can bring you.
Now look at your heart and judge your own state of faith.
Faith is like this bank account.
It growths when invested into.
God has already given you all the faith you need- you 'wake it up' by doing things that are out of expectations, praying and taking risks.
You may look at people like Joyce Mayer and think that you could never be like her. Well, do you know her testimony? Check it out.
Joyce is inspiring me a lot, because she took step of faith and decided to trust God- not herself. This enabled her faith to grow. She started of just like you and me- as an innocent mustard seed. But once planted and watered by prayer- it grew into this tree of which fruit you see everywhere you go.
God wants that for you. No, I don't mean that you're suppose to become the second Joyce Meyer. I mean that you're suppose to become the first **** **** (insert your name here).
You can never grow comparing yourself to others, but you can live getting inspired by people who took a step of faith.
So my point in here is to encourage you to take courage and plant your mustard seed. It cannot grow without the soil and water.
Pray, do whatever God tells you to do, get involved in your church, share Jesus with people who don't know Him yet.
Be brave. Push through hardships, because in the end, when you remain faithful to the Lord, you're going to have a beautiful view from the tree.