The Faith of a Mustard Seed (or a Chihuahua)

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My silly, 8 year old, 7 pound chihuahua, Abby, has her eyes glued to me pretty much every moment I’m home. If I’m in her vision, in her opinion, I’m doing something worth watching.
Tonight, little Abby even followed me to the restroom as I brushed my teeth and washed my face. As suds covered my cheeks, I glanced down, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw Abby staring at me with her big brown eyes. She was sitting on my bath mat…completely alert. She didn’t look anxious…she just looked as though she was preparing for something to happen…for me to make a move and call the next shot.
This tiny living creature has so much faith in her master that she doesn’t waste one opportunity. If I’m around, she is following. If I move, she moves. If I sit, she sits. If I wait, she patiently waits by my side (or in my lap). The reason Abby has so much faith in me is because I care for her every need. My love for her isn’t conditional. She doesn’t know any cool tricks. She’s never saved anyone’s life. She’s lived with me for 4 years and she’s never paid rent. This dog doesn’t have to do anything, and she will still be blessed. Why? Her abundant faith in me keeps me striving to take better care of her. I realize she is trusting me with everything she has. She never wonders where her next meal will come from. She simply looks into her bowl and expects to see food. Abby never worries about thirst…she just walks over and drinks the water in front of her.

I often wonder if my chihuahua is better at living by faith than I am. While living a godly life is important, we sometimes worry so much about living by works that we miss the entire point. We want to be blessed, but we have no faith.

Galatians 3:5 says:

“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?”

Is God providing for you because you follow all the rules? Is His love and blessing all contingent on your perfect moral code of conduct? No. God blesses us when we have faith and trust that He will. When we believe so much in Him that we let go of what is logical, worldly, and “normal.”

Galatians goes on to say:

“Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.”

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel no matter how hard you try or how much good you do, you still fall short? Scripture tells us that when we live independent of God, we are doomed to failure! In the midst of our busy lives and our striving to do right, are we doing what’s right according to the world’s standards, or are we doing right by God?

Habakkuk says: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.”

God’s word is right in front of us. We have been given a guide to set us up for success. When we live by works, worry, anxiety, people pleasing (I struggle with this one), and trying to meet the world’s standards, we are destined to fail.
But a life of belief, trust, and faith in God is a life of blessing.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” -Matthew 6:26

My dog Abby doesn’t work. She doesn’t have to do anything to win my love or blessing. God designed you. The creator of the stars wants so badly to bless your life abundantly, and all He’s waiting for is your consent. You are so valuable to God. Not because of how much you can do, not because of your status, not because you’ve never stolen anything. You are valuable and irreplaceable to Him because you are His.
You. Just you. You-alone with your pure faith is all God is asking for. A life of faith means trust, but it doesn’t mean unrealistic expectations. God can meet you where you are if you put your trust in Him.

I feed Abby even though she doesn’t do any tricks. So I’m pretty sure God is watching out for me.

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