Standing on his little kitchen stool, my sous chef was brimming with questions as he assisted with the construction of his ham and cheese sandwich.
“Mommy, where does bread come from?”
“Well, it comes from the grain that the farmer grows.”
“Where do we get the ham?”
“Well, it comes from a pig.”
“And where does the cheese come from?”
“Well, the farmers milk the cows, and then people use the milk to make the cheese.”
“And how do we get the mustard, Mommy?”
Digging to the back of my over-stuffed, super-cluttered spice cupboard, I retrieved a small, tin container labeled “Mustard Seeds.” Dumping a few into his little, cupped hand, I explained (in very simple terms) that farmers grow mustard seeds and then grind up the tiny seeds into a mustard paste.
With surprised eyes, he looked into his hand and said, “Ooooo. I never knew that, Mommy.”
And since he seemed rather stunned and was standing in a state of surprised stillness, I thought I’d seize the moment and tell him what Jesus had to say about mustard seeds.
“Caden, did you know that Jesus said that you can move mountains with mustard seeds?”
“What!?! Are you serious!?!”
“Yes! Jesus said that if we have faith, tiny like these little mustard seeds, that nothing would be impossible for us.”
Not really expecting much of an answer, but yet wanting to give him an opportunity to think for himself and ponder the question at hand, I asked him, “Caden, why do we need faith?”
And I kid you not, this is how he answered.
“Well, we need faith for our responsibilities…and for our sins… and for our food.”
I stood by my culinary sidekick in a state of shock and awe.
Did he really just rattle off what I think he rattled off?!?!?!
I was taken back by his quick response, caught off guard by his confident reply, and outright flabbergasted by the depth of his answer.
As I looked at the tiny mustard seeds in my hand and thought about his faith-filled answer, I was humbled and challenged.
We do need faith for our responsibilities, resting in the promise that He will carry all of our loads.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
We do need faith for our sins, believing that He died on the cross for all of our sins.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31
We do need faith for our food, trusting that He will provide for all of our needs.
Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
Yes, yes, and yes! Caden was more than right.
Faith (as small as a mustard seed), is truly an act of resting, believing, and trusting.
So should I be surprised that Caden spoke such Truth about faith? Well, not really.
In Luke 17, Jesus talks about mustard seed-faith and then one, short chapter later, in Luke 18, He talks again about faith. Only this time, He doesn’t compare faith to the size of a small grain, but rather to that of a small child.
Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in. Luke 18:17
See, God has always been a big fan of using the small-sized things of this world to confound and humble the big-sized things of this world.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
Incredibly thankful that God is still in the business of using little theologians to reveal His Truth and challenge the sometimes small-sized faith of us big-sized people!