Main Point: Faith is believing plus acting
Scripture Passage: Luke 17:6
Object Effect: Small beads change into sponge balls in a small dove pan known as a chick pan.
How many of you like mustard? (Hold up jar of mustard) Did you know that mustard is made from tiny little seeds? Real mustard seeds are so small you can barely see them in my hand. I brought some little black beads in a salt shaker so we could see them better. It gives us an idea of what mustard seeds look like, but most mustard seeds are yellow.
The mustard seed performs an amazing miracle. These tiny seeds can grow into a large bush making thousands of new seeds. That’s a miracle, isn’t it? Such a small seed becomes a large bush producing many more seeds. That’s a little difficult to believe, isn’t it? How could I believe something that amazing without seeing it myself? The answer is faith. We talk about faith in church quite often. Jesus talked about it too.
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.”
Wow, just tell a bush to move, and it will move. That’s a lot of faith. Jesus didn’t say if you believe it will be moved; He said if you have faith, it will move. The difference is in our actions. Faith requires us to do something. In the case of that moving tree, Jesus said, “You can say to this mulberry tree.” So we have to do something; we have to tell it to move.
I may believe these seeds will grow into something amazing but to see that, I’ll need to plants the seeds. (Pour beads into chick pan.) I’ll need to water then and make sure they get sunlight. I’ll need to protect them from harsh weather. (Cover pan with lid, which is loaded with sponge balls.)
When we put some action with our belief, we are exercising our faith. Sometimes the only way we can exercise our faith is through prayer. It may be the only thing we can do, but when we do it, we are showing faith. Who knows, you might just see something amazing happen when you pray. (Open chick pan to show sponge balls.) Those seeds sure did grow a little didn’t they?
I hope you’ll remember that faith is not only believing, but acting on those beliefs.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, 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.”