Faith As a Grain of Mustard Seed


Faith As a Grain of Mustard Seed

photo by Chris Willis

A guest post written by Karen Sevaly

Ever since I was little, I have been familiar with Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed where Jesus instructs, “if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence hither, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”

When this parable appeared in the Christian Science Bible lesson a few weeks ago, I suddenly had a completely different view of what Jesus was attempting to teach us. I had always thought that the story of the mustard seed was basically telling us that all we needed was just a  “little faith” in order for us to demonstrate God’s divine power. Oh, I was so wrong!

It became quite clear to me that it’s virtually impossible to demonstrate anything with only a “little faith” in God’s goodness. In reality there is no such thing. I either had faith and trust or I didn’t! There is no halfway point.

Even that tiny mustard seed knows that it has everything it needs to become exactly what God meant it to be, a mustard tree so large that birds lodge in it’s branches. In his parable, Jesus was simply pointing out that it doesn’t matter if any of us is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, big or as small as a mustard seed—we can demonstrate complete trust in our Father-Mother God. God has already given all that is needed, and with this complete trust or faith the mountains of error and mistaken beliefs can be moved.

But how can I (or anyone) acquire this complete, 100% faith in God? I knew that faith or trust in God was not possible by any human means. One cannot gain trust by sheer willpower, but instead by spiritual understanding.

Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, gave some spiritual definitions to help in spiritual growth. One definition was for Abraham: “This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.” I had my answer. It is Love that creates trust in God, good.

I now understand that our God-given purpose is to love and to trust. So by actively expressing Love, I am naturally blessed with complete trust and faith in God! I feel inspired to express more love for church, neighbors, the community, government, and the world. Loving those that seem to be un-lovable is now possible. Consistently expressing Love moves those mountains.

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  1. George Birdsong says

    Thanks for this inspiring message. The first sentence in Science and Health has always meant a great deal to me. ” The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” This article helps me understand the spiritual import of Jesus parable.