Kingdom of God – Like a Mustard Seed

Josh WannerDevotions

31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:31-32

Spring and summer is a natural time to think of planting seeds, considering how the plants grow and mature. Having grown up on an Iowa farm, I still enjoy the smell of fresh turned dirt, the planting process, watching the seeds grow into full size plants, and watching the harvest. God’s work is truly amazing!

Mark 4:31-32 compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. How awesome is it that a seed the size of a pin head can grow into a plant the size of a tree, 8 feet or more tall, up to 20 feet wide, so large that birds can nest in its branches!

But what does this mean to me? Like the mustard seed, my individual time spent with God in His Word, in prayer, in praise, in church and fellowship helps me to grow as a part of God’s Kingdom. That continued growth then benefits and extends out to the people and the world around me, May my prayer, praise, devotion and worship be like the mustard seed growing so large that birds can nest there. It is amazing to watch God’s work in action!

How have you seen God’s work in action this week?

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your design. When I plant myself in You, You grow Your Kingdom, far exceeding anything I can imagine or do myself, proving once again You are an awesome God! Amen.

Contributed by Mari Kreft