82. Faith as small as a mustard.
"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) That might sound so far fetched and exaggerated, but we dare to believe his words because Christ himself, the author and perfecter of faith said so! Our faith is not as perfect as his faith because we haven't learned from him just as he learned from his Father. "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." (John 5:19) We in turn have to learn from him because he is the one the Father has appointed to perfect our faith. That is why the Father has commanded us to listen to the words of his Son. "This is my Son whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"(Matthew 17:5) Had our faith been perfect, we would have turned the world right side up, as the apostles did! However, the apostles themselves once said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."(Luke 17:5) But Jesus didn't seem to have granted their request because he is more keen on perfecting our little faith than increasing the size of it! Ofcourse, he appreciated great faith but he never did say that it was necessary to perform a miracle, for he said, "If you have as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."( Vs 6) Though a mustard seed is small, it is so dense that it cannot be easily cracked open like a coconut, which though being big, is not tough enough! Likewise, it is not the size of our faith that matters but the toughness of it! He wants us to possess an unbreakable faith! 'This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.'(1 John 5:4) Amen.