The Importance of Faith
I tell you the truth, 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.
~ Matthew 17:20
As we read time and time again in Paul's epistles, faith is the key to our salvation. The seed of our faith is the most basic belief: we believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. And from this springs a great tree, a fruit tree, a tree that bears the fruit of the Spirit. But we cannot simply plant an apple seed and walk away, hoping to return in ten years and have a great crop of apples; neither can we say, “I believe in Jesus Christ,” and then return to our secular lives unchanged, hoping to reap the reward of the Kingdom of God.
The faith we have in our hearts and souls affects every aspect of our lives; a strong and pure faith will produce results — or “fruit”, as the Bible so often puts it. And what does God do with a vine that does not bear fruit? He pulls it up and burns it. (John 15:1-8)
Our lives reflect the faith that we truly have. Is a life spent pursuing fame, and money, and putting oneself ahead of other people fruitful? Are these the product of faith in Christ? Our lives demonstrate our faith like a landscape demonstrates rainfall. For a true faith will produce a life filled with fruits of the spirit as rain produces vegetation; but a faithless life will result in a desert.
When we read all through the Gospels we see how Jesus loved and always responded to anyone that had faith. He loved it. He loved it when those placed their full trust in Him. (Luke 19:1-10)
Jesus said our faith could be compared to a mustard seed. He used a mustard seed, because it is so small one can hardly see it; it is tiny. But it also is a seed. The nature of a seed is that, if properly treated, it will grow, and grow, and grow, literally a million times larger. We must plant and water and fertilize a seed, however, and we must also “water” the seed of faith planted within us. Christ is the water of life, and our sunshine is the Word of God we get from reading the Bible. We must worship and pray and become obedient to God; these are our fertilizer, that will grow our faith into a mighty tree.
Lord, I pray that my faith may increase every day. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer