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.”
Big things come from small beginnings. The mustard seed is tiny. It takes approximately 750 mustard seeds to weigh one gram (twenty-eight grams equal one ounce). But once in the ground the seed takes off! It grows into “the largest of all garden plants” reaching ten to twelve feet in height with branches big enough to provide shade for birds.
This parable emphasizes that things seeming to be insignificant becoming great…like the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God started small. A baby was born to a young mother in the backwards province of a small country. The baby grew into a man in the insignificant province of Galilee in the small town of Nazareth. This background prompted a future follower to ask, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Jesus’ ministry lasted only three and a half years…and yet…it changed the course of history. In Jesus, eternally great things came from a beginning that seemed insignificant.
Lord Jesus, thank You for humbling Yourself in order to lift me up. Thank You for dying in order to give me life. Thank You for becoming small in order to provide an eternal kingdom. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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