Parable Discussion: the Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30-32

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.

32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

The mustard seed was said to be the smallest of all seeds in the garden.  It wasn’t really the smallest seed, but was a saying that was used proverbially to stand for anything infinitesimally minute.  It became the illustration for anything that was significantly small and of no consequence.  It however, did produce a large herb plant with branches big enough it was similar to a tree and birds would come and nest in it. This small seed would often produce a tree that was 10 – 12 ft tall.  It produced a tree big enough that it was planted in an open field and not in a garden.

So what’s the “Big Deal”?  Why does Jesus point out and discuss this small seed anyway?  This parable points out the significance and importance of the little things in life.  We often pass over the little things, but these are things that matter most.  We may be the only Christ that someone encounters… ever heard that phrase before?  That makes it very important that we take advantage of every opportunity, no matter how small to share Christ with others.

Think about this: everything has a beginning.  All things st art small.  Paul reminds us that just like when he planted and Apollos watered, we all have a part to play in the construction of the Kingdom of God.  That’s the point of the oikos mentality.  Break the work (the evangelizing of the world) down into something that isn’t so overpowering (focus on the 10-12 people who you encounter most often) that it keeps you trying to make a difference in someone’s life.

You never know how your actions, no matter how small are going to impact someone.  We don’t know how our small interactions with other people will make a difference in their lives.

The Kingdom of God starts small like a mustard seed.  But just like a mustard seed the Kingdom of God grows into something incredibly large.

Are you letting God use you with small things to start a big revolution?

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