The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.” The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you! “ When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” Luke 17:5-10
The warrior is full of faith. The worrier is full of fear. On two occasions in the bible, Jesus talks about a mustard seed. He has a parable of the mustard seed and talks of the above verses as having faith like a mustard seed. I know Jesus carefully picked the correct type of seed when He talks about the mustard seed. The parable of the mustard seed He talks about the kingdom of Heaven being like a mustard seed. The mustard plant is a very large and useful plant used for different purposes. We can use it for culinary purposes, to spice up our food (not cancer dogs, I mean hotdogs). It can also be used for health, internally. Mustard is also for the beauty, or the outside.
If God sees our faith as a mustard seed it means we are full of unbelievable potential within us. The first use for mustard as it grows is it’s used for spicing our food as a condiment. The worrier is always locked up in the closet of fear. Let me make one thing clear, I have a tendency to worry, we all do, we just can’t let it control our lives. When we worry and don’t let it control our lives that is what’s call concern. There is nothing wrong with that. I have been watching my own parents slow down over the years, it’s tough, I worry, but I don’t let it control me. A worrier is going to stay where they are and not move, not much action comes from a worrier because they are too fearful to do anything. Some people deny what’s happening in order not to face it until it’s too late. The warrior on the other hand lives by faith and allows spice in his life. He is motivated by new things and is dynamic in everything he/she does. His courage on the battlefield is contagious and will spread to other warriors.
The next use for the mustard is for internal medicine. It’s actually used to fight over excessive acid. The worrier is going to have a lot of indigestion and a sour stomach because of all the stress they allow in their lives when they let fear take over. The warrior is going to have a calm stomach and have faith in their abilities to overcome whatever optical is in their way. The Holy Spirit is the calming presence within the warrior. This makes the warrior the antacid of faith and they are a calming presence to be around.
The last use for mustard is beauty. First when the seed is watered and nurtured it’s grows into a big beautiful plant. Not only that, but it’s used to help skin irritations. The health of a worrier is not so good. Internally they may be a mess, but externally they might eat themselves into an imprisoned body. That’s what happened to me, I worried so much about everything I ate to make myself feel better. It didn’t work, it just made me almost go to an early grave. The warrior is beautiful in his or her attitude. They are physically fit to do long hours of battle with a relentless enemy. A warrior is healthy above all else and takes care of his/her body.
The warrior can cut the mustard so to speak. The warrior has an exciting dynamic life, it’s a spicy life. The warrior’s internal medicine that keeps him or her together is the Holy Spirit. Finally the warrior keeps his outside physically fit to do long hours of battle. The mustard seed as is any word God, gives us is a perfect example of faith in a small package with an immense potential wrapped up on the inside. If we allow God to do His best in our lives, our world becomes much larger and our life more significant.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.