Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 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.” Mark 4: 30-32
One of the things I struggle with is complacency with regard to the Word. These kinds of verses – those that are some of the most popular and often quoted – have a danger for me to become just words on the page. Since I know them so well, it’s too easy for me to gloss over them and take them at face value because “I already know that they mean.” So, today, I decided to truly read these words again. In fact, I even dug a bit deeper and read what my bible handbook had to say about this particular passage. I found something very interesting and just as compelling as the original scripture. The Holman Bible Handbook says this about the verses:
The parable of the mustard seed…stresses that God’s rule, which became real in a small way in Jesus’ tiny circle of followers, is destined for a glorious end. pg. 573
For me that shows how absolutely amazing God is in this world. In Jesus’ time, He and His group were quite small, yet because of His enduring love for us His kingdom grows and grows and grows. I can’t think of a better way to glorify Him than to be one of those that helps continue that growth.
Lord, I long to be as great a sower as You are. I ask that You give me the wisdom and the courage to sow seeds and the patience to let You give them growth. In Jesus’ name – Amen
Jim / jmitch1