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No Small Faith

Mark 4.30-32
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet 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.”
As if repeating verses 26-29, Jesus prepared again to explain the kingdom of God in a parable. While the parable of the seed planted describes the mystery of the growth of the kingdom, the parable of the mustard seed describes the extent of the growth. No one parable could completely describe God’s kingdom in all its aspects, so Jesus employed several of them. The crowds, and even some of the disciples at this point, were expecting a political leader who would free Israel from Rome. The only “kingdom” they could picture was an earthly one. So Jesus attempted to clarify the kingdom even further for them.

The mustard seed was the smallest seed that farmers and gardeners of the day used. Due to the unimpressive beginnings of God’s kingdom, some might be tempted to underestimate its power when compared to the great empires of the world. But God’s kingdom will eventually supplant them. Jesus used this parable to explain that although Christianity had very small beginnings, it would grow into a worldwide community of believers.

When you feel alone in your stand for Christ, realize that God is building a worldwide kingdom. Don’t be intimidated if your efforts seem small. Neither should you take credit for a prolific harvest. God has faithful followers in every part of the world. Your faith, no matter how small, can join with the faith of others to accomplish much for Him!

To God Be the Glory,
Pastor Jeff
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