Scripture: Luke 13:18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
Observation: Jesus is describing the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom movement Jesus inspired, as something with profound consequences despite it’s humble beginnings. Time would confirm his prediction. At the time Luke wrote his gospel account, the Roman Empire engulfed the entire known world. Jesus led a relative handful of disciples and would end up hanging on a cross. Not very impressive. Today there are literally over a billion Christians and the Roman empire crumbled over 1,000 years ago.
Application: Our world tends to be impressed with big, conspicuous, flashy – as was the ancient world. Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom of God is different. It starts small, like a mustard seed. It is not often impressive in the conventional sense. But over time it grows into something magnificent. Enduring. Surprising. Life changing.
I’ve found that being a Christian often involves planting Kingdom seeds for others as we go about daily life. What does planting a Kingdom seed look like? Well, it can look like offering a word of encouragement to someone who is struggling, saying a prayer for a friend in need, texting a bible verse to a loved one, writing a few paragraphs of biblical reflection on social media as I’m doing now. It doesn’t look like much, but you never know what may come of it. God uses such things to touch people, give them hope, let them know they are loved. And sometimes, when things seem particularly bleak, one Kingdom seed provides enough hope to help someone get through another day. That, my friends, in no small thing.
Prayer: Lord, give us grace to scatter Kingdom seeds whenever we get the chance, trusting you can take something small and do something big. Amen.