Mustard Seed Faith (Mt 17:20)
Faith is both Gift and Response. It is impetus and action. It is the Finger Of God touching our soul; and it is a wholly unique expression of self, which reflects our will and determines our destiny. It is the Mustard Seed, planted into our soul, not of our nature or order, yet designed to be inextricably intertwined and absorbed. So much so that, if allowed and fiercely chosen, it transforms our fallen nature into its Divine Likeness.
This Mustard Seed is pure gift. It is of God. It contains Life apart of our own, yet it is destined to become our fully actualized potential. It is a life present, and a life yet to be. It is God’s loving design for us before we existed. It is our call to Glory, Truth and Love in the present now. And, it is a spiritual DNA (Divinity Naturally Acting) yet to be fully expressed. Like natural DNA in all seeds of life, it is predestined, designed to progressively unfold into increasingly complex structure, until maturing, it accomplishes its design and reproduces. Its purpose is solely Life oriented, Life with its Creator.
Both the natural seed and our seed of faith are predestined to accomplish God’s design, but how they come to fullness are not alike. The natural seed only requires nourishment -it is predetermined. Our gift of faith demands a Lover’s Choice. It is present-determined, forever demanding existential choices of our will.
As Pure Gift, faith ever nudges us to grow towards The Light. But for it to grow at all, it demands to be freely chosen, as the love relationship that it is with God. Since it is present-determined, like love, it must forever be re-chosen in the fertile ground of suffering, doubt, failure, temptation and putting self at the service of others. This re-choosing is what gives faith the permission to grow. It is only in dying that we find Life.
This is the mystery of the Mustard Seed, that our faith does not grow by our own power, but by the power of God’s Grace, yet whether it grows at all depends on our choice to die, but if we do so choose, then what begins, takes on the unstoppable power of God.
We do not know how or when the seed of faith will grow, or even what fruit it will bear. But by choosing to act according to our gift of faith, we can with certainty, as if by command, initiate the Power of God Within to transform our life. Even though we cannot control how or when the Finger Of God moves in our lives, we are none the less co-responsible, by faithful decisions, for the manifestation of God’s Power, which is beyond what we can ask or imagine, let alone do. It is the Mystery of the Mustard Seed of Faith throwing the mountain into the sea.
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe, that you are the Son of God, that in faith you have clothed me in your righteousness and have brought me into the sonship of your Father, that what you have promised can only be true. I raise now the sails of my soul. Fill them with the Power of your Holy Spirit. Take me where you want me to go. Do with me according to my Father’s design. I cannot see what lies ahead, but with your hand upon my rudder, I know it can only be good. Make it so, my Master. Make it so.