Saturday, May 12, 2018

Daily Devotion: The Mustard Seed and Faith

Bible Reading: Luke 17:6-19

Key Verse: Verse 6 – "And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."

Key Words: If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed

There are two primary types of mustard seeds, white and black (or brown). The primary type of mustard seed that grew around Jerusalem would have been the black mustard seed. The soil and temperature were and are conducive for the mustard tree to grow.

There is little question that from reading our text, the mustard seed is attached to faith. A mustard seed is about the size of a grain of fertilizer. The principle is that a small amount of faith can accomplish a lot. But make sure your faith is in the right person: Jesus Christ. You see, the source of your faith is extremely important.

In April 1988 the evening news reported on a photographer who was a skydiver. He had jumped from a plane along with numerous other skydivers and filmed the group as they fell and opened their parachutes. As the film shown on the telecast, and as the final skydiver opened his chute, the picture went berserk. The announcer reported that the cameraman had fallen to his death, having jumped out of the plane without his parachute. It was not until he reached for the absent ripcord that he realized he was freefalling without a parachute. Until that point, the jump probably seemed exciting and fun. But tragically, he had acted with thoughtless haste and deadly foolishness. Nothing could save him, for his faith was in a parachute never buckled on. Faith in anything but an all-sufficient God can be just as tragic spiritually. Only with faith in Jesus Christ dare we step into the dangerous excitement of life.

What to do:
✞ The next time you see or taste mustard, ask yourself, “Am I living by faith?” and “Who is the object of my faith?”

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