While it's an American condiment favorite, not everyone's taste buds can handle the pungent taste of mustard. But whether you reach for the yellow sauce or not, considering its value is quite interesting. Besides translating into a variety of flavors and shades of yellow color, mustard offers some health value such as being a source of raw mineral nutrients and heart-healthy omega fats.
Considering the spiritual value of mustard's derivation is both humbling and meaningful. The "faith" in "faith the size of a mustard seed" (Matthew 17:20) must be quite potent, considering how tiny said seeds really are. Sized at a minuscule 1 to 2 millimeters each, the products of mustard seeds still seem to pack a powerful punch. The implications here are powerful. Firstly, it apparently does not require an immense or seemingly unattainable amount of faith to please God and to allow the provisions of mercy and grace to flow into our lives. Secondly, the faith that we do exercise should be as pure, pungent, and strong as supernaturally possible.
So how do we know if our faith is potent enough? How do we know if we're exercising enough pure faith to live this Christian life effectively? How can we be sure that we're even doing this faith thing right? And does simply questioning our faith result in us losing 'faith points'? The truth is that not all of the answers are obvious and none are readily computable; that, of course, creates its own anxiety. After all, it would be terribly disappointing to discover that because of lack of faith we're not really pleasing God (remember its impossible to please Him without it!).
It would be equally devastating to discover that we don’t really know or have what it takes to wholly believe in the gospel and it's promise of salvation. Hebrews 11:6 Amplified states “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”
One of the infinite number of truths about an omniscient and perfect Savior is that He knows not only the intents of our hearts but also the answers to every question we could ever ponder. Also, overthinking and questioning faith in our lives doesn't impact the favor that the Lord shows us; it simply frustrates ourselves and diverts attention from the Source of our faith. Knowing that the Lord honors the faith that we sincerely and genuinely display should alleviate any anxiety that may develop from our human attempts to calculate how much faith we have and need to be obedient Christ-followers.
Thus, we can live and serve boldly, confident that our earnest faith is enough to please the Father. Most importantly, if we simply pray for the faith that we need, the Lord will give us exactly what it takes. How magnificent is it to know that we can please God and we can walk in power with just a tiny bit of the true faith that comes from Him anyway!
Despite our individual carnal tastes, a tiny bit of faith with a lot of trust in the Lord should be perfectly palatable to all believers...and it does the body (of Christ) good.
Written by K.A.Blake MD