Monday, May 11, 2015

A Small Beginning

Daily reading: Matthew 13:31-33
May 11, 2015

Focus scripture: He told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field.  It’s the smallest of all seeds.  But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants.  It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

While we might want BIG things for God, Jesus in this parable reminds us that faith begins quite small in our lives.  A mustard seed is tiny, easy to lose in your hand.  But once it grows, Jesus imagines it becoming a place of welcome and hospitality.
The irony of the parable is that back in the day mustard was considered a weed.  No farmer would willingly plant it in their garden because it would eventually take over.

While we might push back against God’s work in our lives, if we are open to God’s movement, it will eventually take over in our lives as well.  Invite God’s spirit to sprout in your life today.  Seek God’s presence throughout your day.

Prayer:  God I invite you into my life again.  Open me to your presence throughout my day.  Amen.

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