Planting Your Mustard Seed in the Right Places?
Yesterday was one of those days. Sometimes you can point to some event in the day, and say, “That’s when I knew it was going to be one of THOSE days,” but sometimes it sort of creeps up on you.
It wasn’t just one big thing yesterday, it was a series of small things that knocked my faith around. Two young people who I’ve been a mentor to seem to be turning away from the Lord. I missed a deadline for something my daughter wanted to do, and I read some very unchristian responses to political issues from a friend that I had respected for her balanced, fair views (note the past tense.)
Some days your faith feels mountainous and other days, you feel like that mustard seed might be big in comparison. *Looks at the mustard seed, looks at faith, looks back at mustard seed* Yep. By the afternoon I was well on my way to what my mother would call a “blue funk.” On the way to his soccer practice, my 16-year-old son was talking to me about some issues he’s running into in one of his classes and he said, “It almost shakes my faith in humanity.” And then he said something that stopped me dead, “But that’s not where my faith is supposed to be, is it Mom?”
My faith gets shaken sometimes because I’ve put it in the wrong place
Ouch! He’s so right! My faith gets shaken sometimes because I’ve put it in the wrong place or on the wrong person. When my young friends turn away from God, it attacks my faith in how good a mentor I am. When I miss a deadline, it shakes my faith in whether I’m doing my best job as a mom. When my friend disappoints me by acting in an unchristian way, it shakes my faith in her. But what was my faith doing there anyway? When events and people let me down and when I let myself down, I need to remember that the only place that faith has any business being is in my Lord and Savior. He’s the only one who will never let me down.
So check yourself and make sure you’ve put your faith in the right place so that when people are jerks and things don’t work out the way you want them to, your faith is unshaken. We can only use our faith when it’s invested wisely in the only one who is worthy. If I want my faith to grow, I need to be careful where I am planting it. When that faith is planted in the right place, it can grow into something truly mighty!
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed…Matthew 13:31
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree…” Matthew 13:31-32