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Parable of the Mustard Seed - Mt. 13:31-32; Mk. 4:30-32; Lu. 13:18-19
About-Him.Com Devotional 03-10-2018
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Jesus likened the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It is the very smallest of seeds, and yet it grows to a height of ten to twelve feet with large branches. The birds of the air find comfort in it's shade.
Conclusion and Application:
Just as a seed has a genetic blueprint, God has a plan and design for his kingdom. He doesn't get in a hurry. He announced the coming of the Redeemer and established His seed line in the garden of Eden. Many years passed as He dealt with Israel, His chosen people, and tried to prepare them to accept Him as their Messiah when He appeared in the flesh. While the tiny seed of the kingdom of God was taking root, the foundation of the church was being established.
After our Lord's death and resurrection the kingdom began to grow rapidly. He inspired twelve apostles who waited for the promise of the Spirit with one hundred twenty others. Three thousand souls were added when they responded to the apostles preaching at Pentecost. Soon after five thousand more. Within a few short years the gospel had been preached to all of the known world (Acts 17:6). Perhaps He has delayed His second coming to allow a few more to find repentance (II Peter 3:9).
Although we sometimes feel very inadequate in the great scope of things, we will never know what impact we've had on God's kingdom program until we get on the other side (Matthew 25:34-36). Tender words of encouragement and thoughtful acts of kindness that we have long forgotten are at work in the kingdom, helping it to grow to the full potential that God has ordained (John 15:16).
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.”- Charles Spurgeon
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