“If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain ‘move from here to there’ and it would move.” (Matthew 17:20, NLT selected)
Have you moved a mountain lately?
Sometimes the conversations that Jesus had with his disciples are hard to make sense of, especially from an enlightened point of view. Everyone knows that it is physically impossible for any one of us to speak and literally make a mountain move. Agreed?
So what was Jesus talking about? Was his reply to the disciples hyperbole? Or was Jesus being serious and speaking literally?
I will leave the technical explanation to the experts in biblical interpretation however I think there is a simple lesson we could learn from this. A man whose son was afflicted with seizures brought him to Jesus’ disciples to heal him. But they could not do it. Jesus could and did. Of course the disciples wanted to know why they could not do what Jesus just did. He correlated their lack of power as a matter of faith. They did not possess the faith needed to heal the boy. Actually Jesus said that they didn’t even possess faith that was equivalent to the size of a mustard seed – the smallest seed known to that region and time.
It would be easy for us to judge the disciples and chastise them for not even having the smallest amount of faith but we should be careful about judging others. Let’s turn the tables on ourselves.
How much faith do you have or do I have? What mountain have you moved lately?
The church that I serve has some around us and we are on a journey together to develop and live into the faith needed to move our mountains. I believe that we are on the verge of moving one of them but I can’t share the full details at the moment. Suffice to say that we have leaders who have demonstrated faith and commitment that will impact our community of faith and our neighbors. I am deeply grateful because this victory will empower us to live even deeper in faith and give us the courage to move the next mountain, and the next, and the next.
That is the key – you have to move a mountain (or in business vernacular you have to have a “win”). This gives people the will and courage to go after the next challenge or opportunity with the belief that they can overcome. (Caveat time – some of these obstacles, challenges or mountains we can certainly remove by our own will and power. However the ones we face as a faith community will take the power and presence of God through the Holy Spirit to move.)
What has my juices going is this – our church is on the verge of a new “win” through the Holy Spirit. I’m excited about the next, and the next, and the next because I believe that we are poised to overcome the next, and the next, and the next. So bring on the mountains!
What mountain needs to move in your life, your community?
Are you trying to move it on your own or through the power of the Holy Spirit?
Have you given up?
Don’t because a simple victory can set you or your church up for even greater things!
So go and live in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Go and move mountains!
Blessings for the journey.