I recently had an AH-HA moment about faith and it came from who else?? Oprah.. lol.
I am sure we have all heard the famous passage in the bible about having faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. At this point in the scriptures, Jesus is approached by a man to heal his son who is demon-possessed. However, before he heals the boy, the man mentions to Jesus that he first brought his son to his disciples to heal him, but they could not. After healing the boy, Jesus chastises the disciples and tells them the reason they are not getting the results they want is because of their lack of faith.
Jesus then equates faith to a mustard seed. The thing is a mustard seed is one of the smallest of seeds out there. It is only 1 to 2 mm in diameter and is primarily used for spices in regional parts of the world.
I’ll be honest, for the longest time it was hard for me to grasp that our faith or lack thereof is not even comparable in size to one of the tiniest seeds out there. How could that be when we pray, claim, and think we are doing everything right? Remember that Jesus knows us more that we know ourselves, so even though we may think we are doing everythng right, in actuality, that may be the farthest thing from the truth. Then it hit me, that the mustard seed had nothing to do with prayer and claiming things we want but it had everything to do with “belief of self-worth“.
Remember that Jesus knows us more that we know ourselves, so even though we may think we are doing everythng right, in actuality, that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
A mustard seed represents our thoughts. The thoughts we have in our minds of whether or not we are worthy of whatever it is we are seeking and trusting God for. When Jesus was telling the disciples that they lack faith the size of a mustard seed, He was saying that they do not even think they are worthy of performing the miracle of healing, something Jesus told them they would be able to do as well as even greater things (John 14:12). It represents the smallest of thoughts we have of oursleves that that we are afraid to admit. Thoughts that reside in the back of our minds that we may never actually accomplish our goals because secretly we do not think we are worthy of them.
Anyone can claim they want a million dollars, but it is only those people who claimed it beforehand and actually believed that they have what it takes to work hard enough to recieve it are now millionaires. To me this is deeper than fear or getting in one’s own way, but this goes into our feeling of self-worth. It goes beyond “claiming it” to actually believing you are enough.
Jesus used that specific seed as an analogy to make it plain that something so tiny and simple can be the deciding factor of your faith. Your self-worth is a direct correlation to your faith. Do you truly believe you are worthy of recieving? Something as small as a thought can truly manifest. A lot of times people say look at the root of an issue, but Jesus told the disciples to look at the seed. The seed comes before the root. So if you think you are not worthy of a good husband, career, LIFE in general.. then it may manifest its way to being just that. There is a famous saying that is
“If you think you can, you will; if you think you can’t, you won’t”
It’s just that simple.