11 April 2014
Jesus referred to faith beginning as a small mustard seed, only to grow later into a large mustard tree providing shade and shelter. In fact Jesus also used similar parables of seeds being scattered and growing in different foundations. In all of these parables, we can also see a parable of how the soil needs to be ready and fertile for seeds to grow.
Farmers plough the land periodically which requires the unearthing and loosening of soil and weeds. We can draw a parallel to this as a process of breaking down old habits and ways of thinking in order to keep our hearts fertile to God’s word and voice. Sometimes when believers are too set in their ways, God “ploughs” our lives in order to prepare our hearts for Him. Although no body likes the process of ploughing because it is messy and painful at time, this process of ploughing actually makes the soil healthy again by breaking off weeds that have grown and introduces air and nutrients back into the earth so that seeds can grow into a harvest.
Mark 4:26 to 32
The Parable of the Growing Seed
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
Father Lord, I give you permission to plough my life and heart. You have full access to keep my heart and mind fertile to you. I want to grow in my mustard seed faith into a strong and healthy mustard tree.