The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 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.” 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. (NIV)
We sometimes get caught up in our own understanding of what is meant by someone when s/he speak to us. I have had people in my years in ministry come to me and say, “you said….?” and my first response to their question usually is yes I did, what did you take that to mean? The person then tells me and I can agree with their interpretation or tell them “that is not what I was trying to say.” Jesus had a lot of these occasions. People hearing him but not hearing him. In this parable he is telling the people that the kingdom of God starts small….time will bring growth and it will become large. We know that as churches we set up small groups for leadership, fellowship, mission study and choir and …and…and… The key is that all share for the growth of the whole.
God who cares for all “seeds”, we ask for your blessing on all the seeds of the world that you are planting, nourishing and growing towards all that you meant them to be. May we know the assurance that comes from trusting in you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.