“‘You don’t have enough faith,’ Jesus told them. ‘I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.'” Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
Faith is like a muscle. The more you use it and exercise it, the stronger it grows. I have yet to move a mountain (so my faith must still be smaller than a mustard seed), but my faith is growing. It is a muscle I want to grow and develop and use to its utmost.
God made our bodies covered with a myriad of muscles. If you’ve never admired the muscular system, I’d highly recommend it! It’s an amazing thing. Layers and layers of muscles — some large, others tiny — each with a specific purpose and role. But God also designed our muscular system with this principle: muscles are to be used, and if they aren’t used, they atrophy. If you don’t exercise them, they dwindle. And the more you exercise, the bigger and stronger they grow.
And so it is with faith. The more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Sometimes we face circumstances where we can choose to step out in faith. Other times, we find that circumstances have come upon us that give us no other choice but to exercise faith. But either way, we end up with the chance to develop our faith muscle. We get to find and tap into a muscle that perhaps we haven’t used in years, but as we do, we find it grows. And in the end, that’s a gift.
Faith is like a muscle. Perhaps one day the mountain will move.