Like a mustard seed

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30-32, “Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

I love how God uses small things to impact His Kingdom. In the Parable of the Mustard Seed, Jesus is explaining to His listeners about a herb of which they are familiar, a mustard seed. 1/20th of an inch in size – one could compare the mustard seed to the size of a pinhead; and yet, when planted, it will grow to a height of 10 to 12 feet. He uses this example to allow us to understand the amount of faith that can move a mountain!

Matthew 17:20, “... 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.”

And it isn’t just talk. When we study how God works throughout the Bible, we realize God loves small things. Abraham was one man and God made him the father of all nations. Esther, a young teenage girl, saved the Jewish people. Mary, a virgin, from humble beginnings, births the Savior of the world. Jesus, born in a manger, brings salvation to all people. A handful of believers, some former fishermen, teach a world to follow Christ.

It’s all about simplicity. He’s not looking for kings (although He could use them); He’s not looking for the most educated or most beautiful or most articulate – He is looking for ordinary people, like you and me, to be His mustard seeds to grow His Kingdom.

In God’s Kingdom, simplicity takes root, faith flourishes, and the eternal destinations of people are changed.


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