A Word from Pastor Stephen – April 4, 2020
He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” (Luke 13:18-19 RSV)
Jesus tells a parable using one of the smallest of seeds known to the people in that day: the mustard seed. Whoever thought of comparing the Kingdom of God with a tiny seed? What on Earth is Jesus trying to say to us?
The mustard seed was a small, insignificant seed. It wasn’t highly prized. It was useful for flavoring food. Its leaves were edible. However, it was more of a scrub than a tree and could be considered a nuisance plant by many.
I believe Jesus chose the mustard seed precisely because it was so small and so insignificant. Jesus doesn’t want us to get excited about ourselves. He wants us to get excited about what He can do through us and what He can accomplish in our lives. He wanted us to keep our eyes off of ourselves and focused on Him.
Most of us don’t feel very important in the grand scheme of things. All the things we work so hard on can seem so small and insignificant in the end. You are just one person. Can you make any real difference? Most of us probably feel like we have a little mustard seed of a life. We can think that God hardly takes notice of us or cares much about us. It takes faith to know that God is at work in us all the time. God is always moving us into a deeper faith.
The disciples may have felt that way about the Kingdom of God. They were following this itinerant preacher around a rebellious, backwater province on the outskirts of the mighty Roman Empire. It’s really not that impressive when you think about it. But it wasn’t long after the resurrection that these first believers, armed with nothing but their faith, began to spread the good news. Now there are over 2.3 billion Christians around the world.
God is very patient and always working within us. God continues to plant little seeds in our life. Thankfully, God is not into quick results, so we can be patient too and allow God to do His work. Offer your mustard seed faith to God and watch it grow and slowly change you into the person God wants you to be for this world. Amen.