Moving Mountains by Rick Van Ravenswaay
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV
There are at least 3 places in the Bible that refer to moving mountains (Job 9:5, 1 Corinthians 13:2, Matthew 17:20). In my mind, moving mountains is easily done. The Job passage refers to God moving mountains. Initially this would seem to be the only way a mountain could be moved. But the other two passages both point to faith moving mountains.
On a recent Sunday morning, I talked about the ever-growing mountain of cardboard that we have at home. It is one of the great blessings of moving… boxes that seem to multiply. I offered our cardboard to anyone who wanted it – for free! No one took us up on the offer. (hmmm, maybe if I had put a price on it there may have been a greater perceived value.) Either way, the cardboard remained unmoved – until this morning when I hauled it away to be recycled. We seem to have so much more space now!
Somehow I don’t think that the 3 Bible passages were referencing piles of cardboard in their discussions, since it was first created in the 1800’s. Rather, this is all about the impossible – or more accurately, the difficult and unlikely. And what is difficult or unlikely for us is not for God. For example, God created the earth and the sun, moon and stars. People might be able to form things, but we certainly can’t create anything. Another example of God’s power is in raising Jesus from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in Heaven. People can’t bring life to the lifeless body or place them in Heaven (bringing life to a lifeless body is not the same as resuscitating someone.)
As we look ahead individually and as a congregation, it is important for us to remember that God is our leader. God directs us. God opens doors of opportunity for us. God gives us the vision and ability to carry out the things we are being directed to. God has the power. What we need is the faith. Even a tiny little bit of faith (as small as a mustard seed, or faith as thin as a penny) is sufficient to move a mountain. Keeping in mind, that faith is faith in God so it is God’s power that is moving the mountain.
Real faith in Christ, no matter how young, how new, how experienced, is sufficient to do the things that God wants to accomplish through us and in us. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is able to fill us with life – spiritual life – which cannot be taken away. With God, nothing is impossible.