17th January 2020

Smallest of Seeds 

“With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Mark 4:30-32 (ESV)

I am not much of a gardener and my experience of seeds is limited. For me, the seeds are normally the part of the fruit or vegetable that I discard. The unwanted pips, the bits I leave behind or throw in the bin. My daughter takes this dislike of seeds further and refuses to eat any loaf of bread that looks like it has ‘seeds in it’.

Yet in this parable, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a seed. Despite often being unwanted, seeds are an essential part of life. It is from the seeds of dead plants that we see rebirth, that we see new life and a new plant arise.

It would have been easy for people to dismiss Jesus’ ministry. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth” was the comment of one person upon hearing that Jesus came from a small and seemingly insignificant town like Nazareth (John 1:46). For many in the Roman empire, the whole of Judea was nothing more than an unimportant backwater. But, from these seemingly small and humble beginnings the world has been changed forever by Jesus. The kingdom of God has come near in Jesus and there is no power in existence that can stop its growth into the magnificent tree that will give life to all who shelter in it.

As followers of Jesus, we need to be careful that we do not despise the small things because those small things may just be the seeds that our great God will use to give life and hope.

Our father in heaven, you are the one who gives life and growth. Let us not lament how small our congregations can sometimes seem, instead let us remember that from small seeds you can grow great big sturdy trees. Let everything we do be to your glory. 
In Jesus Christ’s name.

Study by Gavin Henderson


About the Author:
Gavin Henderson is an Elder and the Operations Manager of the National Ministry Team for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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