Bible Verse Of The Day ~ Monday, February 5, 2012
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
“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 your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32
The mustard seed is spoken about 5 different times in the Gospels. Each time it is mentioned, it is talked about in relation to faith.
This parable was told by Jesus to His followers to help them understand the Kingdom of God. In the day of Christ everybody understood the process of sleep, creep, leap. This is a gardening term that is used to describe what happens when a seed is sown or a plant is transplanted.
When the seed is initially sown, it needs to germinate. A huge amount of work begins under the ground as the seed opens and begins to grow roots and root itself into the earth to gain nourishment and water. Shortly thereafter, we start to see a sprout. The plant begins to grow, but the process is slow because the roots are still taking hold underneath the soil. In this time the plant creeps along. Then soon thereafter, we notice the plant shoot up out of nowhere and it begins to produce fruit.
This process is amazing and awe inspiring. Although we know what the process entails, it is really miraculous that something can start as just a seed and go through this huge transformation process to become an amazing and beautiful fruit bearing plant.
This is much the same for us as believers. We are a part of an amazing kingdom, and faith the size of a mustard seed is rewarded with miraculous fruit and amazing harvests. The work of Jesus is being done during each and every moment of this process. Sometimes we feel that we are not being fruitful, but we have to remember that God is faithful. He works during each and every moment of this process. He even works during the sleep process when we cannot see or detect a thing.
It is our job as Christians to plant the seed, nurture the seed, and then have faith in the faithfulness of God. It is His job to help the seed grow roots and grab onto the nutrients provided. God is faithful and He knows what needs to happen and when!