Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Faith of a Mustard Seed

woman in mustard field
Originally uploaded by lily b

I'm preparing for a sermon this Sunday on the Mustard seed/servant reading in Luke 17:5-10.

I'm always stuck on the seed, the mustard seed, because I have held them in my hands when my mother was canning, and I know they are not as small as, say, a carrot seed.

But the plants do grow larger than carrots, or lettuce. It is, perhaps one of the smaller seeds grown as a crop. Flax is smaller, and slipprier, and a whole 'nother sermon could be written on that seed.

So what's the deal with the mustard seed, and faith?

The deal is you've got all you need.

God gave it to you as a gift. Remember "my grace is sufficient?"

The second half of the lesson reminds us that we don't even deserve what we've got.

The disciples asked for more faith please.

Jesus says, use what you have and you can do anything!

We are so wrapped up in more is biggering and biggering and biggering, that we forget that we have all we need, and more.

That slip of faith that you recieved as an infant at the font

The kernel of faith that you found in the darkness of life

that small spot of light in the darkness of this world is enough to share

So, spread those mustard seeds around. Share your faith, and your future

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