Minuscule to Magnificant

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, check which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, ed yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:31, 32


I love to garden and for many years of my adult life, I have planted a vegetable patch – acres boasting 40 foot rows to the mini patches carved from my quarter acre house lot.

Some of those seeds I hide in the earth are so small they are indistinguishable when dropped into the soil. But given the proper environment, those miniscule specks grow into plants exponentially beyond the size of their origins. Magnificent. That miraculous metamorphosis  feeds many mouths and multiplies the tiny seed in virtually incalculable numbers for another season.

Jesus describes the kingdom of God – the rule of God – as a tiny seed. Within that seed, the creator has hidden everything necessary to produce, a He says of the mustard seed, the largest tree in the garden. As evidenced by the weed invasions I war against, seeds grow. If left unchecked the vegetation will take over as al la the rain forests of the earth.

The eternal rule of God planted in this world continues to grow in spite of all attempts to stop it. You just can’t stop a good thing. Let the Spirit of God plant the seed of God’s rule in your life. It will grow. That tiny seed of faith and obedience will produce in you a magnificence of fruitful living. Join with Isaiah (11:9) in looking to the time when the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the water covers the sea.

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that grows into the largest tree in the garden.

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