Again he (Jesus) 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.”
What I’m reminded and inspired:
- it’s about the Kingdom of God that Jesus is talking about, not an organised church or a church brand name or denomination
- His kingdom always looks small, starts small. Almost goes unnoticed and undermined. But there’s huge potential in the seeds (that’s you and I)
- His kingdom, the seed needs to be PLANTED. There must be laying down of SELF with private sacrifices in order for the seed to take root to start spouting with the life of CHRIST. Too often our focus and pursuit is on the public glories
- And when His kingdom grows, it grows beyond anyone’s imagination and serves the purpose in being part of the environment and culture to be a blessing where we are enjoyed and not endured; we contribute meaningfully and not just merely consume
- there are laws of the harvest to pay attention as well. Be the right seed; Plant in the right soil; Be patient with the growth process. It is God who causes growth and naturally will grow; We focus on the planting and watering – private sacrifices of communing with Him and leave the fruits – public glories to Him and for Him
Are you willing to be a seed? To rough it out as you begin small but with the big picture in mind? Not just thinking big and avoiding and undermining the seemingly small things.
Jesus said, “…Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds“.
Being a seed is to die to yourself and allow Christ to be King and His kingdom to be established in your life.