Misson not-Impossible

“If you had faith even as small as a tiny mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, Move! and it would go far away. Nothing would be impossible”.

Matthew 17:20


It’s your lack of faith and laziness that limits your success. Have you ever seen a mustard seed? What about a mountain?

mustard seed faith

A mustard seed is approximately 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter, and most geologists classify a mountain as a landform that rises at least 1,000 feet.

By most estimations — you could take the most impressive mustard seeds in existence (2 millimeters) and stack them on top of each other. After doing this, you would still need 21,500 mustard seeds to create a pile as tall as the smallest mountain.

And if you factor in the sheer weight and mass of Mount Wycheproof (the smallest mountain in the world), the number of mustard seeds you would need to equal its size is immeasurable.

I tend to think Jesus was smiling when he made the Mustard Seed statement. Grammatically speaking, he used a comparison device known as a simile to get his point across, but in the most basic terms, He used humor to illustrate his position.

And why should that surprise you? Jesus often used humor, metaphors, and outright exaggerations to illustrate the magnitude of his statement(s).

And if Jesus can do it, so can I.

Although I may interject a little humor throughout this piece, and other articles I write, my goal is to strip away the religiosity of the Bible and highlight its real-world relevance.

The Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard tells his congregation that everything begins in seed form and grows into an experience. It’s a principle that I’ve heard at least 50 times. It’s something that I often repeat to myself whenever I begin to feel impatient or tempted to look for a quick fix.

The truth is, most things worth having take time, faith, and perseverance to attain. Instant gratification is often the quickest way to a long, painful fall.

So why do we do it? Why do we let our insecurities dictate our decisions? And why do we look in all the wrong places for the right answers?

Some people think I’m minimizing the importance of the Bible by trying to “simplify” it.

Who do I think I am to take the sacred texts of the Bible, and apply 21st-century language, pop-culture references, and bite-sized summaries to make it more palatable for non-theological types and life-long practitioners?

For those people I say — I’m the guy who thinks it’s more important to reach people who didn’t grow up going to church and reading the Bible than it is to try to meet people who think the King James Bible is the end-all-be-all.

There’s nothing wrong with the King James Bible — just like there’s nothing wrong with knowing that God can use a flawed, imperfect person like me to bring a different perspective to the best selling book/library of books of all time.

Besides, I have more than 2-millimeters of faith, and as it says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Thanks for reading, and please let me know what you think in the comment section below.

—Ray

The Bible, Simplified

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