“He’s starting to believe.”
That’s the scene from the Matrix when Neo realizes he is “the One.” He’s literally been shot to death, but he stands up, gathers himself, and opens his eyes with a new sense of purpose. He begins to do things that no one ever thought was possible. He stops bullets in midair just by raising his hand in front of him. He flexes his muscles and the walls (and even the air around him) stretch out as if they were made of rubber and then bounce back into place. As soon as he believes, he can literally do absolutely anything.
Let’s look at a story in the bible where Jesus’ disciples tried to do something but couldn’t without their faith:
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:14-20 NKJV)
Move mountains, dodge bullets or just stop them altogether, nothing will be impossible for you if you have faith. You don’t even have to have faith that fills your whole being or faith that fills your whole heart. You only need faith as big “as a mustard seed.”
Why a mustard seed?
First a mustard seed is tiny. In fact Jesus calls it “the least of all the seeds.” (Matthew 13:32 NKJV) We know today that the mustard seed is not the smallest seed in the world, but in Jesus’ day, it was the smallest seed in their world. Jesus is illustrating that all you really need is the tiniest iota of belief and anything can happen.
Have you been called by God? Has He called upon you to do something for Him? If not, then either you have not heard it or you have heard it and ignored it or He will call you soon. Be ready to listen. He once called a young boy named Samuel:
Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”
And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.
Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”
So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)
And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.”
Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” (1 Samuel 3:1-10)
God will call you soon. When He does, be like Samuel. Be ready to hear. Don’t just listen, but hear. You can listen to background noise at the mall and not actually comprehend any of the conversations that anyone is having. But to hear, you must focus on the sound. To hear is to understand its origin and its meaning. At first, when you hear His call, you may not realize it was Him. What you were called to may not seem significant enough to be from God. If it doesn’t seem important to you, then you can’t assume that it’s not from God. That nudge to take a particular job. That feeling that you need to volunteer for the task that nobody else wants. What you may see as useless, God can use. “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)
God has something for you to do. It might even seem useless to you. Asking someone to come to church with you who DOES NOT want to go. You might think, “It’s useless. They are never going to come.” But it’s not useless. You may be the only person that ever asks them. Whatever God has for you to do, you are the only one who can do it. You don’t believe that, though. I know you don’t. It’s tough to imagine that every person has some unique task that absolutely no one else can accomplish. It seems impossible for that to be true, but it’s not. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)
Whatever it is that God calls you to do, get on it! You alone can accomplish what He asking of you. But you need that “mustard seed faith” to do it. You have to believe. And this is where most people get stuck, so I’m going to unstick you right here and right now. Go. Start. Most people are still waiting to believe before they start God’s work. But that’s backwards. The faith will come as you begin to work with and amongst His people. And when you finally begin to believe, you will do things that you once thought to be impossible. You will move mountains and dodge bullets. You will believe. You will slowly but surely begin to realize that:
You are the One.