"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

How Small is a Mustard Seed Anyways?

Posted by Emma on February 25, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Faith,World Changer

I’ve been thinking about faith recently. As I was considering this subject, Matthew 17:20 and stood out to me. “He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’”

While pondering that verse I started wondering about the size of a grain of mustard seed compared to a mountain. A grain of mustard seed is really small. One grain is 1 or 2 millimeters in size. That’s tiny. A mountain, on the other hand, is huge. I took a look at one mountain in Israel, Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon is in the Galilee so Jesus’ disciples would have been familiar with it. Mount Hermon is 1,804 meters higher than the land around it and 2, 814 meters above sea level.

So, how do they compare? For the sake of this exercise we’ll say a mustard seed is 1.5 millimeters. There are 1,000 millimeters in a meter. If you stacked mustard seeds on top of each other starting from the base of Mount Hermon it would take 1,202,666.67 mustard seeds to reach the height of Mount Hermon. If you laid those on a straight line on the ground they would go for 1972.9 yards, which is equivalent to 6.5 football fields. That’s a lot of mustard seeds. Do you get the idea that a mustard seed is very, very, very, very, very, very small compared to a mountain?

A mustard seed is miniscule compared to a mountain, yet it only takes that amount of faith to move mountains. Most of us do not have the faith equal to one mustard seed. Brothers and sisters, we are pathetic. Look at who God is. Look at what Jesus did for us. Look at the power of the Holy Spirit in us. We should have faith to move hundreds of mountains, and yet we struggle to have faith that God will provide us the money to live each day, that He will protect our loved ones, ultimately, we struggle to believe He is in control. The disciples prayed that Jesus would increase their faith. That should be the prayer of every Christian in the world.

One other verse having to do with faith and mountains stood out to me. That verse is Matthew 21:21-22. “And Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Brothers and sisters, I am coming to believe that often our problem is not that we do not have enough faith but that we do not have any faith. Jesus said, “if you have faith and do not doubt,” Doubt and faith cannot coexist. We must have faith in God and not doubt His word, not doubt His power, not doubt anything. A mustard seed is very little, that amount of faith has no extra room for doubt. It does not fit, so throw it out!

Just think what could be done if ten Christians were dedicated to something, if they had faith like a grain of mustard seed, just a tiny bit, but no doubt. Why, they could move ten mountains. Think how that would magnify if one hundred Christians had that must faith or one church. What could one church full of mustard seed Christians, but no doubt, do? How about one town of churches, or one state, or one country? If Christians had this kind of faith, the world would have to stop and stand in awe of God.

But we doubt. We do not have faith. We do not trust God. We are to concerned with the material things of life. Brothers and sisters, this is wrong! God promises to take care of all our needs when we are seeking His kingdom. Why can’t we let Him?

Why can’t we move mountains and make the world stop and stare? Because we doubt and have even less faith than a mustard seed amount.

I would like to challenge you to have mustard seed faith. Stop doubting God, start trusting Him. Stop worrying about the things of this world and start worrying about the things of God and the world to come. Stop watching the world’s entertainment and start spending time with the Master, asking Him to increase your faith.

Brothers and sisters, remember, there is no room for doubt in a mustard seed amount of faith. Go move mountains!

Five Lessons from a Pencil

Posted by Emma on April 21, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect,World Changer

I first heard this several years ago. It came back to me today when I was needing inspiration for what to take a picture of.

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

“One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”

“Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”

“Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”

“Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”

“And Five: On every surface you are used, you must leave your mark. No matter what the conditions, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

And Five: On every surface you walk through, every person you may touch, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose God has ordained for you.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change. You can change the world if you always leave God’s mark on people. Let the Lord write His story with you. Live life with purpose in your heart.

A Good Question

Posted by Emma on March 7, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,World Changer

What would you do for the kingdom of heaven if you knew you could not fail?

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” -2 Peter 1:5-10

Here’s to the Crazy!

Posted by Emma on August 19, 2009 | Filed under: Quotes,World Changer

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs

For the most part I like this quote. Especially if you view it from a Christian stand point. I believe that everyone of us can be a world changer. With the help of my Master and Savior, I am a world changer. Although my name may not go down in history, I can change one person’s world. That is the key reason I like this quote. 

You see, I am one of the crazy ones, the misfits, a rebel to the world’s way of doing things (although an obedient follower of the Lord’s way), a troublemaker to the ungodly, a round peg in a square hole. That is me, and it has been for as long as I can remember. I see things differently. I am not fond of following the rules the world sets in place. (Although I follow God’s rules very closely with the help of my Savior). I was never much of one for sticking to the status quo. That part of the quote fits me very well and I see myself in it, although probably not quite as Steve Jobs meant it.

The next part is simple truth, you can’t really ignore someone who is making things happen, who is causing change. If you stick with it, eventually someone is going to notice. I want that, I want to make a difference even if it is only for one person. I want someone to see what God can offer them. I want to be an example of something better than what the world has to offer.

The crazy ones push the human race forward. Those who are willing to step beyond the borders, to step outside the status quo are the ones who push us forward, but the ones who push us the furthest are the ones who are crazy in the world’s way of thinking because they are in line with God’s way of thinking. They press us forward to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. That is the way I want to effect change. God’s way. 

So I am crazy enough to think that I can change the world. Not because of who I am but because of who God is. God is extraordinary yet He uses ordinary people. So I believe that I am a world changer. That God can and does work in me to change people’s lives. Even if I only change the world of one person, I have done something worthwhile and I have changed the world. So call me crazy if you want, it doesn’t bother me. God calls and I have responded. I am a world changer for the Lord. With His help, I will fulfill His calling in my life.

Actions and Effects

Posted by Emma on April 13, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Quotes,World Changer

“People should never underestimate the effect their actions can have on others, especially upon those who are closest to them and who are able to see whether their deeds are motivated by genuine dedication.”

When I read that it rang true. People watch us. We probably do not know everyone who watches us. If we knew people were always observing our actions, would we live differently? I would. The second part of the quote really stood out to me. I don’t generally think that those close to me will be effected by my actions. But it makes sense. They see more of the heart behind the action than anyone else. When those actions are motivated by genuine dedication to the Lord, it can make them stop and think. It is easy to play a part in front of those who do not know you, but it is hard in front of those who are close to you. Be real and act from a genuine dedication to God. If you are dedicated to God, He can use you in big ways. Do not forget or over look that fact. Live so that people are effected in a good way by your life!

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