Luke 17:6 ¶ So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
This seed faith living is an intricate part of the Bible. Everything produces after its kind from a basic seed; from monkeys to humans and kangaroos to elephants; animals reproduce after their kind. The plant world is the same, apples have seeds which carry future harvests. It’s amazing that an apple seed can contain an apple orchard within it just as Abraham carried nations in his loins. Paul applied this truth to the resurrection of the dead; we are planted a mortal seed, we are raised with an immortal body. Here is how Calvin described the resurrection of the dead.
“How will they be raised up? There is nothing that is more at variance with human reason than this article of faith. For who but God alone could persuade us that bodies, which are now liable to corruption, will, after having rotted away, or after they have been consumed by fire, or torn in pieces by wild beasts, will not merely be restored entire, but in a greatly better condition. Do not all our apprehensions of things straightway reject this as a thing fabulous, nay, most absurd?”
Resurrection from the dead is a great picture of the power of a seed. Jesus said our faith is like a seed, like a mustard seed. You plant that seed and miracles begin to happen. Check out these comments about mustard seed faith from the Fire Bible.
“True faith is not a belief in “faith” as a force or power of its own, but it is a “faith in God”. God must be the object and focus of our faith in order for it to be effective. The “amount” of faith is not the issue here. A mustard seed is extremely tiny. By God’s grace, all followers of Christ already possess at least that much faith… So it is not how much faith we have, but what we do with it; we must direct it toward God himself. He must be both the source and the object of our faith.”
I love that thought, the Lord is the source and the object of faith. The reason it doesn’t take much faith is because of the nature of it. Faith is a supernatural seed; it is eternal, omnipotent, and omniscient. Faith is actually Christ Himself planted in us. So whatever mountain you may be facing, stop struggling to move it. Look to the source and the object of your faith. As Paul said, faith and love are in Christ and Christ is in you. It doesn’t take much, just a little seed goes a long way.