What Jesus Did! 'Just a Mustard Seed' — Matthew 17:19-20

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Then the followers came to Jesus alone. They said, "We tried to force the demon out of the boy, but we could not. Why were we not able to make the demon go out?" Jesus answered, "You were not able to make the demon go out, because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth. If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, then you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there.' And it will move. All things will be possible for you."
— Matthew 17:19-20 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 17:19-20 NLT — "We tried to force the demon out of the boy, but we could not. Why were we not able to make the demon go out?"

Key Thought

Small mindedness is not the worst of things. Smallness in faith is the worst thing. Small mindedness keeps us from seeing the grandeur, the expanse, and the plan of God. Small in faith means we see little more than what we can pull off ourselves.
Jesus had said that he gave his followers authority to cast out demons and cure diseases. The issue is not whether they were capable or had the power. They simply had very small faith. Now I'm not sure if the problem was caused by Jesus' absence, the seriousness of the boy's condition, the hardness of their hearts, or all three combined. However, they lost faith that Jesus would do what he said he would do.
So many of us lost that faith. Jesus reminds us that it doesn't take a lot—just a mustard seed amount. If that's there, then incubated with faith it becomes powerful and mighty.

Today's Prayer

Father, I ask you to grow my faith stronger and bolder. I believe dear Father, but help me believe even more! I will seek to serve you trusting in your supply of power and strength. I ask you from the depths of my soul in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 9:21-24
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-2
  • Matthew 6:28-30


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.