Jesus used parables in three of the four gospels. And He used them because they give practical scenarios. Jesus used parables because He said for those who listen to His teachings, more understanding will be given, and they will have an ABUNDANCE of knowledge (Matthew 13:10). for example, He used parables related to lamps, people, money, trees, anddddd…. SEEDS. so today, we’re going to look into the parable of the MUSTARD SEED. one of my favs.
“What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is
like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden;
it grows, and it becomes a tree, and the birds can even
make nests in its branches”. Luke 13:18-19
To start, what is a mustard seed? A mustard seed is a seed, that really is supposed to grow into a bush. This verse is saying that a tiny mustard seed can grow into a tree. A TREE that BIRDS can NEST in! This is unnatural for a mustard seed to grow into a big enough tree for birds to start a family. But the Word of God is saying it is possible, it can happen, and it can GROW enormously. Today, there may be an ounce of faith in you, but you feel like it’s not enough. You may be comparing yourself to others – seeing what they have vs what you have – and telling yourself they’re better than you. I want you to know, and Jesus wants you to know, that something so small, can be turned into something greater. He can grow that seed into something enormous – something that can hold LIFE. Don’t doubt God’s power. If He can split the sea, He can surely turn your seed into a tree.
“And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith like a grain of a mustard seed, you
could say this to the mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and
it would obey you”. Luke 17:6
So now that we know what a mustard seed is, and how small it is, again, Jesus is saying this tiny mustard seed can move a mulberry tree. (Mulberry tree – extraordinary strong, can stay rooted from 100-600 years). A strong, long living tree can be moved by the smallest grain of a mustard seed. Today, there may be some guilt, bitterness, addiction, or depression that has just stayed rooted in you. It just seems like its been there forever and you can’t get rid of it. You feel like it’s taking over your life, it just keeps growing and growing. But I am here to tell you or to remind you that if you have the SMALLEST grain of faith, that root can be uprooted. That tree can be moved into the sea (see Luke 17:6) – gone – out of you. It can be moved, and it can be removed.
Listen friend, it’s about what kind of faith more than how much faith. Faith is the first step, and it can be taken with the smallest step. But its one step ahead from where you were. You are better than you were. You are trying, you are making an effort, and you are changing. It takes time for a seed to grow – it needs to be watered, and it needs to be in the light. Feed your soul and seed with His Word, with a loving church, and with uplifting peers. Sow your seed with effort, patience, and watch God grow this tree or move this mountain.
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you
could say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it would move.
Nothing would be impossible”. Matthew 17:20
Faith in God, faith in the Son Jesus Christ, faith in yourself, faith in your marriage, faith in your finances, faith in your addiction, faith in your friendships…whatever you need faith in, take that small mustard seed. all it takes is that one tiny seed, and God will do the rest according to His plan.
Not only do this for yourself, but for those around you. Plant that mustard seed. Plant it and watch the Lord grow it. Plant His Word on their hearts, plant a prayer in their mind, plant a love from Jesus. You can’t save the world, beloved, but our God can. One seed at time – one plant at a time. And by His will and His timing, it will blossom, and it will move. Imagine the seed is the Word of God. You are planting that seed in someone’s mind and heart, and God will allow it to grow. The person has to want it, and water their own seed, but you did it. You placed it. That’s all you can do, friend.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor”. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8
Just take that one little seed and see the power God has over it. You’d be surprised how God can use that tiny seed of yours.
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.