Monday, January 25, 2010


Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for West Side Church of Christ. Feel free to follow along.

There are times in scripture where the meaning of the text just screams out to me. Then there are times when I am done that I am just left scratching my head. Today’s reading is on of those (Matthew 17). When it comes to the transfiguration I have more questions than I have answers. I get the basics of it, God proclaiming His Son to be the Messiah, but there is still something about it I question. I guess maybe I am looking for something deeper in the text that may not be there. Hopefully by the time we cover this in our next Gospel I will have a better answer.

While the transfiguration of Jesus often trips me up, I understand what Jesus means when he is talking about mustard seeds. Mustard seeds are some of the smallest seed known to man. However, they grow into one of the largest of garden plants. One of Jesus only requirements of us is to have faith. Even little faith will do for Jesus. But, is our faith supposed to remain small? I guess it will if we don’t invest in it each and every day. If we invest in it, if we put our trust in God, then there is no way that our faith will remain the size of a mustard seed. Just think of what you could do with faith larger than a mustard seed. I bet then, moving mountains would seem incredibly easy.

So what do you struggle to grasp in the scriptures? How big is your faith? Maybe spending time each day trying to understand the hard things in scripture will help to grow your mustard size faith.

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