“Faith can move mountains.” Drawn from the following passage:
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Many times we hear this passage, we often think about that possibility of having a kind or amount of faith that would move, say, Mount Everest.
Jesus spoke in parables and yet explained the meaning to his disciples.
The faith Jesus my Lord spoke of is the revelation of him the Son of God to whoever. The mountain he’s referring to is an actual human being. When one receives faith, a gift of God, he or she cannot stay still. He or she has to move. Such faith, such revelation of Christ, only comes through hearing of the gospel. Human beings and mountains share a common element: both are made of dust.
As the Lord once said,
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” (Matthew 10:27)
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
Jesus is our mount Zion.
“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24)
When you receive faith as delivered by the gospel, you have to move and share it with all others as the joy of the gospel overwhelms your heart to do so. Amen. Faith moves human beings, not actual mountains.