Matthew 17

I remember a piece of my mother’s jewelry catching my eye one day when I a kid. It was a necklace. I honestly don’t remember much about it (I had to confirm with her that it actually existed before drafting this devotional), but I do remember that in the middle of the pendant, slightly magnified by a glass cover, was a seed.

18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:18-20, ESV

As some of you may have guessed, the seed in my mother’s necklace was a mustard seed, a reminder of the words ofJesus in Matthew 17:20 and a symbol of her faith in Christ. It was unfortunately stolen several years later, but they didn’t steal her faith!

Mustard seeds are very small. To have faith like that would be barely quantifiable. However, Jesus says in this passage from Matthew 17 that it would be enough to move mountains. How? The power of Christ knows no limits. When our faith is Christ-centered, as we heard in Sunday’s sermon, and when our faith and our hope is in Jesus, anything is possible through Him.

Today, your faith may be like a mustard seed – that’s okay. Is it centered on Christ?

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