Seeing Beyond The Seed
Whether you’re a gardener or not, you’ve probably planted seeds at some point in your life. It’s fascinating to see the first tender sprouts poke through the soil and reach for the sun. The daily growth is magical to watch until, at last, the fruit is ready to be harvested or the flower blooms in brilliant color. So, what can gardening teach us about growing our faith and the kingdom of God? Jesus says, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? (Mark 4:30). The parable of the mustard seed provides us a glorious example of growth.
Though the mustard seed was the smallest of seeds known to Jesus’ listeners, what could it teach us today? Jesus went on to say, “yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs” our faith, like the kingdom of God can be compared to that little mustard seed. Although it starts small its growth potential is truly remarkable. Friends, the same growth potential that God places in the little mustard seed, exist within every believer. When you feel alone in your stand for Christ, never forget that the power of God at work in the little mustard seed is the same power at work within you. Never should you be intimidated if your kingdom efforts seem small or insignificant. Remember, that God’s kingdom has other faithful followers all around us. Your faith, no matter how small, can join with the faith of others to accomplish far more for God’s kingdom than we could ever imagine or expect. So, remain faithful and see beyond the seed! Let the SON shine upon you and through you, and keep nourishing your faith daily by His life-giving promises!
Grace and peace always,