Posted By Amazing Moments Staff on August 28, 2015
By: Pastor Je Hammonds
Matthew 13: 31-32 (NASB) 31 He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Thoughts and Reflections
Thought #3: Dependence on the right source = mature growth = fruitfulness
You were made to produce! You were made to flourish. Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as a mustard that is planted– a very tiny seed–but grows into a huge tree! It started out as nothing, but it became something great. Your life may seem insignificant and small. You may even feel like you are nothing. God has created you as the mustard seed–small in appearance, but packed with huge potential and a powerful purpose.
The size of a pumpkin seed in comparison to a mustard seed is very noticeable. Looking at them side by side you would think that the larger the seed the larger the plant, and the larger the plant the greater the harvest. But it is not the size of the seed that matters, it’s what’s contained in the seed that counts! Inside the seed contains all the potential to grow and produce. It’s very purpose lies within! And that which is contained inside the seed will only be able to reach its full potential when placed in the right environment to encourage growth. The proper soil, water, and sunlight are all essential to a seed’s growth, even the depth of the soil is important! If you place a seed too deep or not deep enough it cannot operate within its purpose.
A pumpkin seed grows into a very delicate flowering vine that creeps on the ground and is not very resistant to the weather. Its large size will grow into a plant that can produce up to 30 pumpkins from one plant! On the other hand, a mustard seed is very tiny, but grows into a large shrub (small tree) that can have a trunk diameter of up to 1 foot and grows up to 20 feet tall! The pumpkin plant has to be in rich well watered soil, and is very sensitive to the cold, while the mustard tree can adapt to a wide range of soil types and temperature ranges. The mustard tree spoken of by Jesus in the parable does not produce the mustard seeds that we use to make mustard. The mustard tree in the parable produces a very sweet fruit like a small berry. The mustard tree produces thousands of berries compared to the pumpkin plant that can only produce about 30 from a single plant. Are you getting the picture?
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed (the Word of God) that a man took (God the Father) and sowed in His field (the world/heart of humanity). It is smaller or the least of all the other seeds (seemingly insignificant), but when it is full grown (matured in its purpose) it becomes larger than the garden plants (becomes greater than any other of its kind) and becomes a tree (a tree of life- tall, strong, mature) so that the birds of the air (Jews and Gentiles) come and nest in its branches (live or make a home). Connect yourself to Jesus, the Living Word of God sent to the world by God the Father to redeem mankind from their sins. Allow the Word of God to be planted in your heart by accepting God’s word and continue to allow it to grow in your heart, so that you can adapt to whatever conditions in life you may face.
Whether drought or extreme heat, you will stand tall knowing that you belong to the Kingdom of Heaven and that the seed that God has placed in you will continue to grow and mature to make you everything that God has purposed you to be! No matter how small and insignificant you may seem remember the mustard seed, a very small and seemingly insignificant seed that produces thousands versus the pumpkin seed, a very large seed in comparison that only produces a maximum of thirty. So…what seed do you want to be?
The next Lesson will be on September 4th, 2015
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