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In this post Being Faithful: Plant Mustard Seeds I am going to talk about how I have learned to plant the seed of faith and let it grow.
I was taught early on to have faith. Sometimes having faith is not easy and is definitely a task that puts you to your knees more than once in your life. Most of the time it is a process of giving up your will to the Lord and saying “okay, I trust you”. You may even say, “Okay here, have my heart. I have faith you know what is better for me than I do”.
Being faithful even when times are rough can certainly be a task.
It would be easy to give up, say God doesn’t know you, and try to convince yourself that He doesn’t exist or that He isn’t watching out for you. I know a person that has done this. Guess what. They aren’t happy. They don’t know what Faith is, and they won’t find it until they are ready.
No one can have faith for you. You have to plant the seed, water it, give it plenty of sunshine, pull the weeds around it, and let it grow. We forget this in our lives that Faith actually takes work as well.
Planting the Seed
Sometimes we have an aw ha moment when the seed of faith is planted in us. Sometimes it happens slowly over time and we can’t quite pinpoint when we started to have faith. Sometimes we think someone else planted it for us, such as our parents or a missionary. Lots of times we don’t give ourselves credit for planting our own seed of faith.
When you plant your seed of faith you know. It is a burning in your heart like you haven’t felt before. You just know that you have faith in something. You are changed by having learned about the root of your faith, which is usually Christ.
Water it and give it sunshine
Being faithful means you have to help your faith grow. You can’t have an aw ha moment and then think your faith will stay. You have to be around people that will build it up, listen to music that helps you feel it, and watch shows that will help you grow your faith. Faith is something that requires work. You must water it with scripture, prayer, fasting, and church attendance. You actually have to act on your faith, not just let it sit there. Seeds don’t grow if they aren’t watered and have sufficient sunshine. It just won’t happen.
Pull The Weeds
Being faithful means sometimes you need to pull the weeds out of your life to help your faith grow. Are you watching something you shouldn’t be? Are you around people that lift you up or tear you down? Are you listening to music that drives you away from your faith?
Something I have learned to consider is if I am at the right place at the right time with the right type of people. I love everyone and always will. I can’t always control who I am around but I can control how it affects my faith. I know if I am in the right place at the right time with the right people enough then I will be able to withstand the storms or the situations that are out of my control. Every plant can withstand a storm if it has good enough roots, or a firm foundation.
If you find that you need to pull some weeds in your life, don’t be afraid to do it. Don’t be afraid to say no to a friend. Don’t be afraid to get rid of a show, even if everyone else loves it. Especially don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and your newly planted seed.
Faith is something we all work at from time to time. It is something we can’t just sit by and hope we keep. Once planted it can become great, just like a mustard seed. If left neglected though, it will never grow. It may even wither away until we forget the very seed we planted. Its up to you to keep it alive.
If you would like to learn more about mustard seeds and how we can learn from them go here.