May 12 - Mustard Seed

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Matthew 13:31-32

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

When I was very young, someone gave me a pendant. It was a tiny mustard seed encased in acrylic. A reminder that something as small as a mustard seed could grow into a beautiful tree.  At that time it was also a reminder that though I felt my faith was small, it would blossom into something that could change the world.

I believe this is the hope God plants in us. We understand how seeds work, but there is still something glorious in the moment they push through the ground and grow into plants or bushes or trees.  Those tiny little seeds become something amazing.  The seed planted within a mother becomes a child and the world has hope that this child will do amazing things and make tomorrow better than yesterday.

And idea is planted in someone’s mind and from there, we find incredible inventions and glorious thoughts, we receive beautiful music and are given artistic creations that bring joy to the eyes. People create from the smallest seed planted within them.

The kingdom of God is like this because we have a Creator … a creative God.  With a mere word, He spoke creation into existence from nothing.

The kingdom of God is like that tiny little mustard seed. Jesus planted the seed over two thousand years ago and today His message fills the earth.  With every generation, more seeds are grown and flourish, growing into trees that will continue to spread. Be a seed, become a tree, spread His love.