20th – 21st May
“Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like the mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.””
It is no coincidence that Jesus often used the imagery of seeds to illustrate great power. For the last few days we have been looking at the seed of the Gospel, sown in our hearts, watered yet nurtured and grown by God’s power. Yet why does God use seeds, such small things to describe such big and unmeasurable truths? Perhaps it is to show that salvation, God’s Kingdom, can start from something so small, and rightly nurtured, can grow into something that changes the world.
Think about the seed planted in fertile soil that produces fruit 30, 60 and 100 times more than it was planted. Or the mustard seed in today’s parable, that starts as the smallest seed but grows into the largest plant, so big that even birds can nest in its shade.
Perhaps in your life, the seed that was planted in your hearts, may feel like it is fading away. But know this, that even the faith of a small mustard seed can move a mountain (Matt 17:20). What may start as something small, will grow in your hearts, if you allow God to be your gardener, to nurture and care for you and if you feed yourselves with His word. We might not always be able to see the progress in our lives or in others, but know God is at work, and at the right time, you will reap a harvest. He is faithful. He can use a tiny seed to make a Kingdom shaker.