A mustard seed is about the size of a pinhead, and appears harmless and inconsequential. Yet, Jesus chose to use the mustard seed in a few illustrations. Interesting, don’t you think? Out of all the seeds in His universal packet, He chooses to use the seed of the mustard plant. He tells us we need faith the “size of a mustard seed” in order to see God work in ways beyond our imagination. He also said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 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.”
The fruit of this tiny seed becomes a huge tree that provides protection, shelter, and rest. Ah the potential of the mustard seed.
Imagine, a teeny speck, an itsy bitsy dollop of the Kingdom of Heaven dropping into your neighborhood or school, your place of work and your dysfunctional family. The implications are staggering if you really think about it.
For starters, try offering to pray for your Starbucks barrista who’s struggling through school. You could take a meal to the new mom down the street, or shovel the walks for the old man next door. Ask your co-worker to lunch and tell him your story – how Jesus changed your life.
Ask the Gardner to show you where to plant the little Kingdom seed and trust Him — He’ll cause a veritable forest to grow. It might take some time for the seed’s sprouts to break through the ground of such hard soil. Sure, it’ll take some tending and care in order for the beauty of this transformation to stretch out of the darkness. But, it will.
Ask Him to give you courage, and a little faith…the size of a mustard seed.