God prefers the small and insignificant. Instead of Rome, He chooses Bethlehem. Instead of the learned Pharisees, He chooses unschooled anglers.
The Apostle Paul defines mustard seed Christianity: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,”
Faith the size of a mustard seed refers to the smallness of the ideal Christian.
After a lifetime of “taking up your cross,” the Christian becomes the size of a mustard see.
After practicing, “I must decrease so that He might increase,” he/she consistently prays with no thought of him/herself only thinking of God’s will. God is the God of the poor, the simple, and those whose hope is in God alone. (Sounds like a saint in the making. Right?)
You do not “MUSTER” up this kind of faith. You become this kind of faith.
Mustard seed faith is found when a person submits to the sovereignty of God. When the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk witnessed Judah’s sin and future ruler, God advised: “The just shall live by faith.” In times of upheaval its easier to assume the fetal position than a posture of faith.
Mustard seed faith is creative like Genesis. You are moving in concert with God.
We fear because we are out of sync with the plan of God. Habakkuk refers to this as sin. Because of our distorted view of faith and forgiveness, we dismiss sin and mustard seed faith evaporates. God hates greed even if it is a part of “our” capitalistic culture (Hab. 2:6-8). God opposes our heartless abortions (vv. 9-11).
When enough people in society begin to live like mustard seed Christians, then the Church will be big enough to support society (i.e. “birds perching on its branches.”)
HOW BIG IS MY TREE OF FAITH?