The Mustard Seed



Daily reading: Mark 4:1-34
Saturday January 23, 2016

Focus passage: Consider a mustard seed.  When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all seeds on the earth; but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all vegetable plants.  It produces such large branches that the birds in the sky are able to nest in its shade.” Mark 4:31-32

Here Jesus describes the kingdom like the smallest of all seeds.  Mustard is an invasive weed in the holy land.  No one would plant it, especially not a farmer, yet something new is happening here, and Jesus is awakening us to that reality in this parable.

Not only is the mustard seed scattered on the ground it is able to grow to such a height that it becomes a home for birds in its shade. 

How might God’s presence start out quiet small in your life and grow?

Prayer: Help me to mend what is broken in the world.  Amen.

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