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All Thumbs?

Text (Luke 17:6) He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you."(New International Version)

Thought starters
Today some you are hearing the Parable of the Mustard Seed in your Worship Center. I brought one Mustard seed; well I brought a bunch because they are small.

If I put the seed down on the step it’s pretty tiny. (Read Luke 17:6). A mustard seed is really small. How about a sunflower seed? A little bigger isn’t it? If you place it down on the step next to the mustard seed you see how much larger it is. Do you have faith as small as this mustard seed or is it bigger?

This also reminds us how powerful God is and that God is in control.

If you want to see how small they both are use your thumb to cover them. Hold your thumb out to block the view of the seeds. It’s easy isn’t it? If you hold your thumb just right you can block out me or someone else next to you.

I read a story about a dad who was having a hard time at his job. He was really bothered by it. His boss made him fly to another city to do some more work. As his airplane took off he noticed the building where he worked below him. He put his thumb up to the airplane window and blocked out the building where he worked and it suddenly wasn’t as big of a problem any more. As the plane flew higher in the sky, he could block out whole towns and cities with his thumb. His troubles at his job started to float away.

Then he thought about the astronauts. What if they put their thumb up by the window of the Space Shuttle they could block out countries and continents?

Then he thought what does God block out with his thumb?

Our thumbs remind us that while we can block out a mustard seed or another person’s view with our thumbs. God looks at the world much differently and is in control. We might look like the mustard seed to God.

Hymn "God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall"¾ Maria Straub

Prayer-Dear God, Thank you for our mustard seed faith. For the way we use our thumbs every day. May they remind us of your power and might. Amen

Prop-I used a Mustard seed from the spice section at the store along with a pack of sunflower seeds. (Large to share)

by William Bode

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