"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this
mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey
Those of you who don't know what a mustard seed looks like, it is one of
the tiniest seeds you'll ever see. In fact, you can hardly see it with
your naked eye. And yet, it grows into a big tree; actually, it's
technically a shrub, but it looks like a tree, it's as large as a tree.
Many preachers through the ages have focused on this amazing contrast,
of tiny beginnings that can lead to big results. And in that sense, the
mustard seed is a perfect simile of the kingdom of God. Sometimes we see
very small beginnings that yield amazing results.
If you have just a little faith, you can move trees. In the gospel of
Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying, if you have faith the size of a
mustard seed you can move mountains.
That tiny little faith can move trees and mountains like their toy trees
and toy mountains. our faith can move mountains in your life, in your
community. How encouraging is that?
So, is there a connection between
World Communion and this message of the mustard-seed faith? I think
there is. Think about it, the biggest mountains in our way are social
problems. I always say that the most cruel suffering is what human
beings do to each other. Think about the cruelty and emotional agony of
war, crimes, failing relationships, and the cruelty of racism, sexism,