We say that faith without works is dead. We say that faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. Actually, God said both of those things before we ever did (James 2:26; Matthew 17:19–20). But what do those things really mean? Does faith require such grand and amazing mountain-moving works on our part? What does faith look like, anyway?
Dead faith sees a mountain and does nothing about it. Dead faith runs away in the other direction. Dead faith has no initiative. Dead faith expects a handout. There is not even a mustard seed of action when only dead faith is involved. Mustard seed faith, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Oftentimes, we discredit our own faith because it doesn’t look like much, if anything. However, God does not tell us that mustard seed faith is dead. Mustard seed faith is very much alive. The only type of faith that is dead is faith that is completely devoid of any type of corresponding works whatsoever. The tiniest mustard seed of faith is enough to move a mountain because the tiniest mustard seed of faith is very much alive.
What does mustard seed faith look like? Many times, it looks like a simple glance toward God, a one-word prayer, or a simple heart cry. The times when we have a mustard seed of faith are the times when we feel at our lowest—like we have nothing in us to give. We feel like we have no words to pray. We feel like we have nothing valuable to contribute. Yet, at those moments, mustard seed faith reveals itself in our lives when we simply take a step and do…something. Anything. A word. A song. A simple gesture. Something to indicate that we haven’t completely given up hope.
Sometimes, the mountain we are facing seems so huge that the only thing we can say is, “God, help.” We can’t even get anything else out at that moment. But the amazing thing is that God recognizes the mustard seed of faith inside us, and that is all it takes to get a mountain to move out of the way.
The next time you face a mountain, don’t discredit the mustard seed of faith that you have. You might not take a leap of faith. It might not even be a step. It might be a tiny tiptoe forward, but it is still progress, and it still demonstrates faith and trust in the Lord just by that tiny movement. Take that tiny step, and watch how God will use that step to strengthen you to take another, and another, and another. Pretty soon, you will find that either the mountain has moved or God has strengthened you to climb right over it! Either way, it all begins with a decision: A decision not to do nothing (Yes, I know, that’s a double-negative). A decision to take a step, no matter how small it may be, and see what God will do. A decision like that will not go unnoticed, and it will not go unrewarded.
Have faith, my friends. Have faith.