“The kingdom of God . . . is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; yet after it is sown, it . . . becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.” – Mark 4:30-32 Amplified Bible
A grain of mustard seed looks totally insignificant, just one or two millimeters in diameter. Yet, when sown into good soil, these tiny seeds can grow into huge trees. But nothing happens by staring at these seeds. They must be planted.
Jesus used these seeds to explain God’s kingdom. The world tends to value size: The most revenues or resources, or the largest armies. But God’s kingdom is different. He looks at our hearts and our level of faith. It is the small things that can produce the greatest returns.
Jesus taught that a widow who gave two mites gave more than anyone else (Mark 12:42-43). That those with the faith like a grain of mustard seed could speak and a tree would be plucked up and thrown into the sea (Luke 17:6). That those who planted mustards seeds could expect bountiful harvests.
This principle applies to every aspect of our lives. Our finances and health, or our relationships and spiritual lives. In each area, we should ponder the “mustard seeds” that we have. And we should not be discouraged by the size of these seeds, or how they might appear.
As we give them to God, they can grow, and grow, and grow. They can become mighty forces that can change nations. They can result in huge financial, mental, or spiritual returns. Even the smallest gift can produce an abundant harvest, if planted into God’s kingdom.
Today, look for opportunities to plant your “mustard seeds.” Then expect that God will bless and multiply them.
PrayerFather, I commit my life to You. I will Sow into Your Kingdom with the “seeds” You have given me. Thank You for giving me an abundant Harvest. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingMark 4