Many plants begin with just a small seed. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds. When the seed is planted and nurtured, it will become a large tree.
One time the disciples were trying to drive a demon out of a boy, but were unsuccessful. However, later, Jesus was able to cast out the demon that possessed the boy. When the disciples were alone with Jesus, they asked why they could not drive out the demon. Jesus replied that they had too little faith.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
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 17:19-21(NIV)
In other words, it takes very little faith to move mountains. We make our faith grow by nurturing it. Every time God tests us, our faith will grow if we allow it to. When we read His word and see the examples of what people have done by faith, our faith grows.
Did you know that sin grows the same way faith grows? When we commit a very small sin, we say it will not hurt this one time. However, when we nurture it and rehearse in our mind, it gets easier and easier to commit the sin. That sin will gain control of our bodies and minds.
Just looking can be seed for sin. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 7:28(NIV)
Even in the Garden of Eden, Satan planted a seed that made Eve look at the tree:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:4(NIV)
If it takes faith the size of a mustard seed, to move mountains, how big does a sin need to be before it is controlling our behavior? How big does it need to be before it displeases God? How big does a sin need to be to keep someone from becoming a Christian?
On a recent Hour of Power program, Bobby Schuller talked about words, and how words can change a person’s life for either good or bad. In his message, he also referred to the fact that a person’s brain remembers every word that has ever been spoken to the person. We may not be able to recall them, but they are still in our brain.
The seed of sin may even be just a word spoken to another person. Genesis 11:1 tells about people being able to all speak the same language. Because they spoke the same language, it was causing them to sin by building a tower to heavens. God knew what was happening and caused them to speak different languages.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:1-9(NIV)
The Bible also says this about the tongue and how we use it.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:9-11(NIV)
The Bible also tells about how small the tongue is and how great the destruction it can do if it is not controlled.
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water” James 3:3-12(NIV)
You see, just as faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, a look or a word can result in great destruction.
“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. Matthew 15:16-18(NIV)
With your words, you can change a person’s life. Are you going to say positive things that can change a life for good, and bring that person closer to Christ? Or are you going to say negative things that move that person away from Christ? What you say does affect other people.
There is a song that we used to sing as children titled “O be careful little eyes what you see”. The words of that song are very critical to the life of a Christian. The first and third verses of the song are:
O be careful little eyes what you see,
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
He’s looking down in love,
So, be careful little eyes what you see.
O be careful, little tongue what you say
O be careful, little tongue what you say
For the Father up above
He’s looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say.
The words of this song are not just for children. These words are appropriate for each and every Christian, regardless of their age or maturity.
Our pray should be like that of the Psalmist in Psalm 19:14: May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from http://biblegateway.com Jun 15, 2015