Luke 17:6 (New International Version)
He replied, “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 you.
I remember reading online about an articlein the "Reader's Digest" about a company who mailed out some special advertising business post cards with a mustard seed glued to it with the following caption that went something like this: "If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in our (particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied." -- Signed, The Management
A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece wrote back to the company and said, "You will be very interested to know that I planted the mustard you sent on your advertising card and it has grown into a very healthy bush producing wonderful tomatoes!"
Faith is an essential ingredient for fulfilling living. But we need to have faith in the right object, the right person, and in the right God otherwise what we have is presumption but not faith. There are many false prophets and many false gods --all of whom are man made. And if god is manufactured and empowered by man, what kind of a god would that be? Certainly not the god I would want to revere, worship or follow.
In a very real sense, Jesus the one who gave us Christmas, puts our faith to the test as he did to his disciple, Peter, when he said to him, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." -- Jesus (Matthew 16:15-16, NIV)
If Jesus were to speak to you face to face today and asked you the same question, what would your answer be?
Dear Lord we pray that we would not be led astray by false information. We pray that our answer would be, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.