Today’s Reading: Matthew 13:24-46
Key Verses: “Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
I am always amazed when I see plants, how they can grow from such a tiny little seed. Take a sunflower for example. Many of us as children planted a small sunflower seed to watch it grow into something often over two metres high. When we look at a seed, it appears to have no life in it, but when planted it gives so much life and produces thousands of more seeds.
In today’s reading, Jesus talks about the mustard seed and compares it to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus teaches us three important lessons from this parable:
1. SIZE DOESN’T MATTER TO GOD
You will never be too small for God and, as a matter of fact, you’re just the right size for God to use you right now. God doesn’t care if you can’t reach the top shelf in the kitchen. God is more concerned with what you’re becoming, not with what size you are right now. This doesn’t only refer to physical size. Maybe you feel spiritual small or that you only have a small ministry. Perhaps you view your giftings and abilities as small. Remember the boy with the packed lunch? He didn’t have much to offer, but when he gave it to Jesus, Jesus multiplied it to feed thousands.
2. GOD WANTS YOU TO GROW
God always starts small and builds from there. God always seeks to make the little, larger just like a seed as it grows into a plant. We ought to be growing spiritually. 2 Peter 3:18 says “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” Likewise, Hebrews 6:1 says, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,”
3. THERE IS NOTHING BEYOND YOUR ABILITY
Even though you might be small; God can still do great things through you. David wasn’t older or larger than the soldiers in Saul’s army, but God used him to defeat a giant named Goliath. When God is with you, there isn’t anything you can’t do. God empower the weak.
The next time you feel like you’re too small to do anything significant or meaningful. Remember the mustard seed and know that you’re just the right size for God to use. In God, you have so much potential.