He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Reflect and Pray:
This parable points to the miracle of the mustard seed growing into a huge bush big enough to hold bird’s nests. Something very small can become something very large and useful. The mustard seed (the kingdom of God) grows slow and steady rather than instantly and in a hurry. Do we open our eyes to the signs of the gradual growth of the kingdom, the small things that occur often without notice? Sometimes, I measure success by the big events, changes, and experiences.
It seems like our world promotes the idea of bigger and better and it can/should be had here and now. Maybe, the kingdom of God is more like the race between the tortoise and the hare. It will be the small steady journey and not the great sprints that bring the kingdom of God to reality. Pray with me that we will have eyes to see the small events of our days as building blocks for the kingdom of God.