“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 NIV).
A dear friend of mine gave me a faith necklace. The pendant strung on the slender rope of silver was a little glass jar with a single mustard seed in it. The gift was a beautiful symbol of Matthew 17.20, which contains Jesus’ words about having faith of a mustard seed. I greatly valued this necklace because it came from my spiritual sister, and it became a rock of remembrance for me about my own faith journey.
Several months later, I wore the necklace to a family gathering. As I was talking to one of my nieces, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to give it to her. I hesitated at first because the necklace was a gift, but I realized that my friend who gave it to me had paid forward countless possessions to others as the Holy Spirit directed. However, I also didn’t want to give the necklace away because it was a tangible affirmation of my faith.
In the end, I surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s leading. I had learned by now that God always blesses acts of faith, whether large or small, and His love is more valuable than the most priceless pieces of jewelry. I gave the necklace to my niece and explained to her that God wanted her to have it. Not only did she like the necklace, I believe the gesture poured greatly into her self-worth as a daughter of God. Through my obedience, God was able to show my niece a portion of His abounding love for her.
In the past, I would have researched this necklace and exhausted my time and energy trying to recoup what I had given away; but this time I placed the ball in God’s court. If He wanted me to have my faith necklace back, He would have to provide it by His power and in His timing.
A few month’s later, I received a shipment of party supplies for my daughter’s fourth birthday party. To my surprise, I found a package that did not belong with my order. I opened it up and in the plastic wrap were six brand new glass jar pendants, exactly like the one I had given away. I couldn’t believe it! I quickly read the order to see what happened and discovered that the store was giving away a free gift from some of their surplus items. It seemed that they had enough jars to spare, and my little seed of faith had multiplied.
I was able to bless five other people with a faith necklace. In particular, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to send one of them to my mentor who started a ministry in another town. She called me several days later weeping. Her faith had run low with many devastating blows to her ministry, and she needed God to affirm her faith steps. That night after she prayed, she opened her mailbox to find my faith necklace with a tiny faith seed in it. I explained in my note that I just wanted to thank her for always being such faith warrior and godly role model for me.
I know this is a small example of God’s amazing system of faith, but every time you make a sacrifice for God and His Kingdom, according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, God will multiply it. The results may not be mailed to you directly, but they will materialize in real and exciting ways.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9.6-8 NIV).