Carton-faith, Fridge-faith, what kind of faith do you have? (Check out earlier posts) Jesus has revealed faith that shines bright, faith that allows God to do more with us than we can do by ourselves but as we move forward wondering if there is enough evidence to be found guilty of following Christ—we find as Jesus tells us about a small seed
Compound Faith (Mark 4:30-34) 30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
Jesus tells us about the mustard seed, growing quietly and persistently, starting off as something that is easily missed or passed by into something that is impossible to ignore. From something the birds might eat if they found it on the ground to something which allows the birds to have a home. It is faith which grows by compounding, growing off what came before it! Think of compound interest, even a small amount over the years can grow into a huge sum, because what you built before is added to what is about to come!
Some time ago “Reader’s Digest” told the story about a company who mailed out some special advertising business post cards with a mustard seed glued to it with the following caption that went something like this: “If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in our (particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied.” — Signed, The Management A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece wrote back to the company and said, “You will be very interested to know that I planted the mustard you sent on your advertising card and it has grown into a very healthy bush producing wonderful tomatoes!” (Sometimes we grow things we didn’t expect, because we plant that wrong seeds)
Our faith is always growing, but it grows based on what we plant. I know faith at times can feel overwhelming, it can feel like you are called to do 1,000,000 different things, all the weight on your shoulders, praying for stamina, but running out of energy. If that is where you are at, remember plant something small and let God grow it! Paul said of his own effort, looking at all that had to be done, “I planted seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made them grow.” Think about the mustard seed in more contemporary terms: Microsoft started in a garage, the Internet started out in the 1950’s with a few computers in a few small laboratories in the United States, Great Britain, and France. We are talking about starting out the WORLD WIDE WEB, with the same number of computers you probably have in your house, phone, or hand held device. Yet, today, there are over 2 Billion people using the Internet and growing. It started incredibly small and today is part of everyday life, so take a small step and plant a seed…Open up your Bible and read for 5 minutes a day (the amount of time it takes you to brush your teeth), plant a seed—introduce yourself to someone new or something who is new to you, and here is a big thing—when an opportunity makes you feel uncomfortable, when you start to feel like pulling back, realize that you are standing at the doorway to growth! Satan will ignore you as long as you are ignoring God, but when you start planting seeds, you become a target, but instead of pulling back, plant more seeds!
Would there be enough evidence to convict on the charges of being a Christian? Have the seeds been planted? As Meriam, the young wife and Christian, stood before the Islamic court, the sheik warned of the seriousness of apostasy, a “dangerous crime to Isalm and the Islamic community.” To which Meriam replied back, “I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian!” The verdict was clear! What kind of faith best captures where you are at—Carton Faith, Fridge Faith, or Compound Faith—What steps do you need to take in order to give things more clarity? This is not a call to perfection, but a call to embrace the perfect love of Christ—God in the flesh who died for us, in hopes that we could live, shine his light, and shows his love to the world. What’s your verdict?