‘He 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
Most of us are experts when it comes to comparing ourselves to others! We see how other people are being blessed by God and wonder what is wrong with us or what we have done wrong. This parable is so encouraging in that it attaches such great value to the small seed, and no matter how small that seed might be it has the potential for incredible growth.
A common assumption is that we will never really amount to very much and that in comparison with other people our lives are very lacking. This parable shouts a resounding ‘No’ to this. If you look at others and feel small in comparison, then recognise that this is not God’s dream for you. The seed grows - and right now the ever present Spirit of God is within you ensuring daily growth until you become the
giant tree that he longs for you to be.
Every challenge that God brings to you is an opportunity for growth. Every time you decide to trust in one of his promises is a new shoot in your life, and every resistance to temptation is a spurt of new growth. God is growing something wonderful in you.
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