A Tiny Seed

Mark 4:30-33 (New Living Translation)
Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.

For my fortieth birthday, my cousin Wendy gave me a mustard seed pendant. It’s a clear crystal globe held by a gold band. If you look closely at the interior of the globe– really closely– you’ll see a tiny, grayish seed suspended in the middle. The seed is less than an eighth of an inch in diameter– less than half a centimeter. It is, in short, little. And yet this small, unimportant-looking seed is what Jesus chose as an illustration of the Kingdom of God.

In Luke 17:6, Jesus again used the image of this seed when he told his disciples, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!”

I talk with many people who wonder if their faith is deep enough. They tell me that they think they shouldn’t have any questions or doubts or worries or uncertainties. But Jesus didn’t say, “if you had faith the size of a mountain” or “a small house” or “a full-grown oak tree” or even “the size of a small goat.” No! Jesus told us that if our faith is the size of a tiny seed, God would use that faith in amazing ways.

So… have faith and seek God. Find ways to learn more about God and who God created you to be. And God will continue to nourish that seed of faith in you, and it will flourish!

How “big” would you say your faith is today?

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