Let’s get our heads around something right out of the gate: The key to incredible things happening is FAITH.
Faith is the key that unlocks all things. Things that you and I deem to be impossible or highly unlikely become possible and very likely when faith is a work. We don’t always understand HOW it works, but know THAT it works.
The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you! ~Jesus (Luke 17:6)
But, the question is, what is “faith” exactly?
The Scriptures say faith is:
“… (B)eing sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Let’s unpack that for a moment.
“Being sure” means having conviction that something is certain. There is no doubt in our minds. It is what it is. It will be what it will be.
“What we hope for” speaks of the fact that there is something we long for but isn’t yet. It is something in the future. It is something still on its way. But it’s not anything; it’s something we long for. Something we desire. Something we have put our hope and trust in.
“Being convinced” means that our mind is already settled on the idea of something happening or being. There is no persuasion necessary because we are already convinced. And we know from experience that one of the strongest forces in the world is that of a person who has made up their mind about something. When someone is convinced, i.e. they have a belief, it is nearly impossible to persuade them otherwise. That is, unless they come to a new conviction themselves.
“What we do not see” speaks to the fact that we have the ability to see that which is not there yet. We can see the invisible in our minds before it becomes visible in reality. And some people have figured out the power of this God-given ability, whereas most simply continue in ignorance and therefore darkness. They don’t see.
When you look at faith in this way you realise that what a lot of us call “faith” isn’t faith at all. It is something that reminds us of “faith” but it’s hardly powerful enough to convince ourselves, let a known create ripples in the cosmos and world around us.
Like it or not, people with true faith seemed to be the movers and shakers of this world; whether we’re talking about business people with faith or preachers with faith. They make us see that faith is the key to experiencing incredible things. They show us there is POWER in belief. It’s undeniable.
Jesus once said that if “you had faith even as small as a mustard seed,” you could do the seemingly impossible.
A mustard seed is a very small thing.
But when this seed is planted it eventually grows into a mighty tree.
Jesus is equating faith with a mustard seed, almost like saying that when a little bit is planted it can bring incredible results and do unimaginable things.
Now, here’s the real kicker; a mind blowing thought.
The Scriptures say that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead actually lives and dwells in you too!
I’m going to give you a moment here …
Think about it …
You don’t need to have faith in your own abilities or worry about the fact that you can’t quote Scripture like many Christians, or feel less of a person because of your upbringing.
The Scriptures tell us that the spirit of God resides within you and me.
And all I need is to have faith, just a tiny bit, and I will be able to do great things. Not because I am great necessarily, but because faith IS THE KEY that taps into the power of this Holy Spirit that lives within me.
How many times haven’t you tried to do things on your own?
You’ve tried to open new doors in your life. You’ve tried to close some old ones. You’ve tried to make something better. You’ve tried to change something. You’ve tried to change someone …
The list goes on and on.
But here’s the thing; you and I don’t have to go about these things on our own.
God wants to work in and through your life today. And you might not be able to see how, or figure out how this will work, but that’s OK. All you need is to believe and muster up faith the size of a mustard seed.
The Scriptures tell us that nothing is impossible with God, which means everything is possible. And there is enough proof in this world by now that should tell us many things are much bigger than our human understanding. But that should not freak us out, but rather fill us with conviction, hope, and excitement.
Can you imagine if you started living your life today believing, that everything is possible?
Now, it’s also important to remember that the Scriptures teach us that true faith is expressed through action. You cannot say you have faith without works. What that means is, when we truly believe our actions will reflect that. Even when I don’t see a change reality yet, I start living as if it has changed.
Jesus taught at some stage that we ought to pray and ask as if we’ve already received the very thing we’re asking for. When we pray like that we will have it.
This same idea has been taught by many other spiritual teachers which surely need to tell us something.
When I have the type of faith Hebrews 11 talks about, even when it’s the size of a mustard seed, my outer life will reflect that inner conviction. When we believe like that, it seems that things in the spiritual dimension are set in motion.
Tomorrow we will start celebrating Easter.
If you’ve ever had reason to start living with faith in the way that I’ve expressed here, let the events of Easter be that reason.
Let the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection also remind you that you are part of something greater. Let it remind you that the same spirit that was at work back then, is still at work in you, me and the world right now.
Have a blessed Easter. Enjoy your time with your family and friends.
I will be back tomorrow and over the weekend with a few short reflections.
May light and peace fill your life.