Growing faith

The hopeful news about small mustard seeds of faith is that they grow. In fact, even though the mustard seed is tiny, it can grow into a very large plant. Likewise, even though we may feel our faith is not very significant, or that we have only a small belief and trust in God, it can grow into a strong and remarkable faith.

In the Bible, Jesus gave an example where faith was likened to the size of a mustard seed. Matthew 17:20 On another occasion He described the Kingdom of God beginning small but growing to be of an exceptionally large size, like a minute mustard seed that becomes an extraordinarily huge plant. Mark 4:30-32 The Bible, in other places, talks about faith growing stronger and greater. 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 10:15 So, we can be assured that a little faith can grow to be significant.

Like a seed, faith needs to be nurtured in order to grow. Faith receives its nourishment from being joined with Jesus Christ and being part of the family of God. Galatians 3:26 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus not only announced that the woman who believed in Him for healing had faith. He also called her “daughter.” Through her faith she had become a daughter of God. Mark 5:34. When we have faith in Jesus we also become daughters of God Galatians 3:26 and we join all the other people who believe and trust in Jesus and who are also in God’s family.

It is in this family that our faith is nurtured and cultivated. Those within the family whose faith has been growing for longer are able to help and encourage the growth of those with newer faith. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 When new faith in others is seen to grow, those whose faith is well grown are encouraged and grow in faith too. 1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 Everyone is mutually strengthened and growing. Romans 1:11-12

Our faith will also draw nourishment and grow if we keep focused on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete.”

Therefore, surround yourself with members of God’s family whose focus is Jesus and who feed on what God makes known about Himself and Jesus Christ through the Bible.

Be encouraged! Your mustard seed of faith will grow.

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