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. ~Matthew 17:6
As Christians we are entrusted with an extreme amount of responsibility: The responsibility to keep the faith—through thick and thin, then to nurture it and watch it grow.
In Matthew, Jesus talked about having faith as small as a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are extremely small, but they can grow into something so grand. The same principle applies to our faith. If we have even an ounce of faith, our faith can grow and grow and grow, until there is nothing we can't do.
We can even move mountains.
We can be resurrected.
We can have a prosperous life, if we choose, as long as we stay in God's presence and constantly work towards an ever-growing faith.
"When you are connected to Him, everything changes. Your barrenness is transformed into fruitfulness and your emptiness is filled with hope." J. Lee Grady
This week is the first week of our study through Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady and our study chapters are Introduction & Chapter 1: Sarah, the Mother of our Faith.
If anyone had a reason to live outside of faith, it would have been Sarah. She had been barren for years and had no reason to believe God when He promised to make her the mother of nations.
Back in a time where your "job" as a woman was to continue the family lineage, Sarah couldn't do that. She was infertile and couldn't give her husband, Abraham, any children. So, when God said she would become a mother, it was literally unbelievable.
But, what I love about this chapter in our reading is that Grady reminds us that women are so much more than just bearers of children. We are a very integral part of God's plan for redemption and salvation.
"When you read the Bible it is obvious that God often anoints women to be initiators. He did not create women just to follow the guys around. In fact, when He decided to send His only begotten Son into the world, He looked for a woman." J.Lee Grady
The church has a tendency to place women on the back burner and focus on the leadership of men, but Sarah was the one chosen to become the mother of our faith. Yes, we were sent to be helpers, but to God, we are so much more. Sarah was just the beginning of a long line of women whom God used for His purpose.
As we travel through the week and learn more about the mother of our faith, I would like for us to remember one thing—God uses the most unlikely. God might be calling you to a place that you feel you don't fit, but God called a barren woman to become the mother of our faith!
Let's Chat! Feel free to answer 1 or all of the following questions, or just share your thoughts about our chapters this week.
1. When was a time where you knew God was leading you, but you felt completely unqualified?
2. Sarah is the mother of our faith. Do you have a woman in your life who is a spiritual mother to you?
3. Sarah stepped outside of her comfort zone to follow God's lead. When was a time in your life where you have done the same?
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Written by Bethany.