It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants… Mark 4:31-32
Jesus used the parable of the mustard seed to teach about His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God seems to have had humble beginnings – Jesus born in a stable announced to shepherds… growing up to be despised and rejected by man… the message carried forth by 12 unschooled and ordinary men! Humble beginnings to say the least. However one day Jesus will return and it will be anything but small (Revelation 19:11-16)! Romans 14:11 states, As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.
We see in Mark 6 Jesus and His disciples are faced with feeding 5,000. Jesus tells His men to feed them… flabbergasted the disciples respond in verse 37, That would take eight months of a man’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat? Jesus responds with a question back in verse 38, How many loaves do you have? he asked. Go and see. Maybe Jesus was trying to tell them that they were asking the wrong question. Instead of go looking… go see…
The disciples respond, after they went to see what they already had around them… only five loaves and two fish, talk about small beginnings, how far will that go among a need of 5,000?! They were probably thinking… see Jesus, we need to go looking for something bigger and better, we need to go try to buy more, we need to try and fix this or just send them away so we don’t have to deal with it!
Yet after the disciples were obedient with “go see” and despite their confusion they hand Jesus their meager supply, He begins to move! Now everyone sit down this is gonna be good!! And it was! 5,000 were fed that day with 12 basket fulls left over!! All with such small beginnings!
Obedience to Jesus often requires faith and it is impossible to please Him without faith so even if you have just a little faith, even as small as a mustard seed Jesus says you can move mountains (Matthew 17:20)!! How can He take us to bigger things if we don’t have the faith to allow Him to use our small things, what we already have right where we are, even if what we see makes us want to go looking for more? Maybe He want’s to do more with the little we think is too insignificant to be of any use, but like two fish and five loaves, nothing is too small or insignificant when placed in our Heavenly Fathers mighty hands!
Jesus, please increase our faith and trust in Who You are, help us to get out of the way and allow You to start being all that You want to be to us. Help us not to despise small beginnings but to obediently place it all, big and little, into Your mighty hands and if You say so, have the faith to just sit down and watch what only You can do with our little for Your Kingdom and glory!
Independent Read: Zechariah 4:10, Luke 17:5