The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Mustard seed - symbol of faith

 “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 seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”-Matthew 13:31-32.

I was thinking deeply about this parable and its significance.  I had to look up what a mustard seed really looks like. I had this vision of it being small but I didn’t realize how small it really was. The visual representation of the mustard seed made the scripture that much more powerful. Isn’t it beautiful to know the significance of something that started as a dot basically and it grows to be one of the largest plants?

Jesus tells us that if we would just have faith the size of this mustard seed than nothing would be impossible (Matthew 17:20).

If we would truly believe exactly what he says about us, we wouldn’t worry about our current circumstances because we’d understand that the God we serve is truly for us.

Jesus just asks for a little bit of our help. If we’d commit to doing our part, I believe he’ll commit and complete his part. Whatever God has placed on your heart to do, I honestly believe that he wants to see it come true but he also wants to see us working and having the faith to believe that he will bring it to pass.

To me, this means preparation. It’s hard to believe for a job if you’re not applying. It’s hard to believe for a full scholarship if you haven’t maintained the grades to be competitive. But if you are preparing and having faith that God will provide, I believe he will. Maybe you feel small and insignificant; I believe that if you have the faith then God can one day make you into a confident leader. He says that the last will be first (Matthew 20:16).

It is my prayer that whatever it is you are seeking, you’ll have the faith the size of this mustard seed to know that what may start as something small, can become something so fruitful and in return, it will be a testimony for others. Start doing your part today and begin to wait in expectancy for God to do his part.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”-Zechariah 4:10.

Whatever God has placed on your heart, I hope you are making preparations to receive it.

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