And he said, “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.
Thinking about this passage I am reminded of two places where the Lord Jesus used a seed to illustrate a point. The first is where, earlier in this chapter, Jesus speaks of God's word as a seed scattered on all sorts of soil. The second is where he compares faith to a mustard seed. I love the imagery of something so tiny representing something that is so powerful and dynamic. I encourages me to, by faith, receive God's word deep in my heart.
God's kingdom is all about these seeds growing and impacting our lives and the lives of those around us. These kind of seeds are essential because they grow and produce spiritual fruit in our lives. When I consider the journey that I have been on I recall how faith has grown in response to God's word implanted in my heart. So I wonder if it is enough to simply "have faith" if that faith does not result in God's word being sown deep within?
I believe in you Lord. Help your words to penetrate the soil of my heart today.