“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.””
In this verse, Jesus is explaining faith and the tremendous things that you can accomplish through faith. I believe that the faith Jesus speaks of here is simply the work of God in each believer. Upon receiving Jesus into our hearts, we are all then given a tiny piece of God’s Spirit within us, like a mustard seed. This tiny piece of His Spirit has great potential as God adds to it bit-by-bit in our life-long walk of faith through the process of sanctification. Although God can fill us with an extra measure of His Spirit from time to time in order to fulfill a task in His Will, this is usually just a temporary burst of His Power that then drains away or is pulled away once the task is done. But there is a permanent work of His within each of us that builds greater and greater every day as we spend time with Him and as we do His Will of loving service to all those around us. This permanent work will never be taken away. It will always get greater as we submit to Him on all things in our life, as we pray and meditate on Him and His word, and as we work out our faith throughout our various daily tasks.
All the work you do in your life after the point of salvation is done in His name. In fact, every activity you are involved in after the moment of salvation is done in His Name. You will still sin as long as you live, as long as you are in this earthen vessel, the body you were given at birth. There will never be an end to your development until you leave this body and go to meet Him in heaven. But even those moments of sin are a teaching opportunity for God to point out to you the error of your ways and to show you a better way, building His Spirit up in you in the teaching process, and making your heart and character more like Him every day. So all activities you do are an occasion to grow spiritually as you are the projected presence of God upon this earth, His ambassador serving all the people around you. It doesn’t matter whether it is your occupation, your family time, time with your friends, encounters with all people, activities at church, time alone or in hobbies – EVERYTHING in your life is done in His name, because He is always with you, a piece of His Spirit permanently within you growing greater every day.
This piece of His Spirit has tremendous potential as He adds to it every day. You can literally and figuratively move mountains through His Power working within you. Primarily, though, Jesus is using the mountain as a metaphor to represent any gargantuan obstacle in your life. As you walk in faith with Him throughout your life, you will face many obstacles that look like a huge mountain to you, seemingly insurmountable. But each time, He will surprise you as He gives you wisdom and power through the work of His Spirit within you to conquer each and every one of these tremendous obstacles. So long as you are in the center of His Will and listening to His Still Small Voice to tell you what steps to walk in through your daily activities, He will guide you, telling you what to do each time, and you will be amazed at the things you will be able to do through His Power. I know that I have overcome many mountains in my life, one of these the PTSD that I have been afflicted with since my time in Iraq. This affliction has hobbled many men and women as they have faced various traumas in their lives throughout human history. I know that my PTSD seemed insurmountable when I first faced it. But bit by bit, God built up His Spirit within me, He healed me, He developed my character, and He taught me His Wisdom until this huge obstacle has dwindled by the day, great chunks of it torn out and demolished through countless victories that He has granted me as I have fought through it.
I pray that you will know God’s Will in your life and that you will have courage and the fullness of His Spirit, built up greater every day, so that, like David defeating Goliath, you will attack and gradually conquer all the mountains in your life.