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I hate weeds. So much do I hate weeds that this summer I had some work done in my backyard. I paved a bit more of the yard, not really so the yard would look more beautiful (though it does), but so I would have fewer weeds to deal with.
For me, fewer weeds is the goal of yard work. Every summer I go to great lengths to try to eradicate the weeds, but it’s amazing how rapidly they seem to grow. Now, I have given up trying to police these weeds myself. I just retained a landscaping company that would be responsible for taking care of my lawn, and hopefully they will get rid of most of the weeds.
I do have to say that one thing that is admirable about weeds is that they are very tenacious. They are so persistent, that Jesus used a weed to teach us a story about faith.
Truly I tell you, 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.
Yes the mustard seed, which Jesus tells us about is a very small seed. (Matthew 13). The seed is very small, yet we are told that it can grow to become the biggest of all the garden plants.
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Have you every thought about why Jesus used the mustard seed as an example of faith? Not just any faith, but the recommended kind of faith. As much as I hate to admit it, I think it’s because of the tenacity to survive that the mustard plant has, maybe unlike most other plants.
Jesus is telling us not to underestimate a seed. Just because it’s small, does not mean it won’t grow. Especially the mustard seed, that will not only grow in adverse conditions, but will grow to become really, really, big.
How does this relate to our faith in Christ? Do you remember the story of the persistent widow? This widow had only one son, and no one else she could depend on for survival. It so happened that she was taken advantage off in some material way, and she required justice. This widow knew what was at stake. She realized that if she didn’t have the judge side on her behalf she would probably be destitute. So Luke 18 records the lady persistently demanding justice, despite being repeatedly ignored and rebuffed. Finally, out of a desire for peace (not justice) the judge sides in her favour, and restores everything back to her. Christ comments that this is the kind of faith that he wants.
Can you see how this relates to the mustard seed? This lady did not quit, much like weeds don’t quit. She didn’t quit trusting God. What about you? Have you quit on God? Maybe not altogether, but in regards to your family, or your career or something else.
Let’s learn from the mustard seed. Be tenacious, be persistent, keep asking, keep seeking, keep trusting and keep waiting, until God moves on your behalf.
– Pastor Olu Jegede