He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
The repetition of one thing in different ways is a sign of how important that one thing is. The Kingdom of God in our lives, our cities and in history itself, is so important that Jesus repeated parable after parable about this same grace of the Kingdom.
Jesus again likens the Kingdom of heaven to something else. He uses the analogy of the seed again, but now He is more specific about the type of seed. He describes this Kingdom as a mustard seed. A mustard seed was the smallest of all agriculture seeds in Palestine at that time. But this tiny seed, when planted, ends up having a huge effect in the garden. The seed—although tiny and seemingly insignificant—grows into something much larger than the seed.
Jesus loves making this point of His about small things. What humans might consider insignificant, God considers big—not because things start big, but because He has so designed little seeds to become big things.
If the Kingdom is described as this small, it must mean that it’s easily overlooked. Have we overlooked the effect that a little bit of faith in Jesus Christ could have today? The growth and the fruitfulness that we desire might not be in the big things we long for but rather found in the little seed of His gospel. Maybe we have heard about grace. Maybe we like the sound of this Gospel, but we have not treated this little seed with the respect and awe it deserves. Perhaps on Sundays in church we hear about this little seed, but we don’t let it fully into our hearts.
Perhaps if life is overwhelming us, it might be time to return to this little seed. It might be time to not just say that we like the sound of the potential of this seed, but in the face of our mountain-like problems, we could receive and use this mustard seed.
It may seem small and insignificant, but the effect of this little seed will be huge.
How can you not overlook this small seed today?
// Pastor Josh Kelsey