“The Kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”—–Matthew 13:31-32
Who hasn’t seen a mustard seed presented at some point in a Sunday School lesson? Truly, it is a remarkable concept that something so tiny has the potential to become something so large. There are many applications in life to this parable. I like to think about the story of David and Goliath even. I get a swelling in my breast whenever I think about David’s faith that must have started as small as a grain of mustard seed but oh how it grew!
I also like to think about the humble beginnings of the life of Christ as he was born in a stable. The influence of his life and teachings has affected the entire world over many centuries. I could go on and on with a multitude of applications to the above parable. However, I would like it if you would just pause a moment and think how this could relate to you personally as a covenant son or daughter.
fyi: The name “mustard”, as well as the use of mustard as a condiment, came from the Romans, who added “must” (freshly pressed grape juice) to the spicy-hot powder from the ground-up seeds.
Source: The New Era, February 2013