26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” 30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
I love the stories in the Bible – ways to picture the truth God is revealing. The parables are stand outs in this as well – and Jesus used them to paint a picture to make the people think. These verses here in Mark – are to provoke thought in the listeners (in me). People as plants is an image being used here – the Kingdom of God – Christ in Me – grows slowly over time. Given the right conditions, the growth is the natural outcome – and as in a plant – it is not forced but rather is a result of being planted in good soil – leading to harvest. Small beginnings for the mustard seed – result in a tree that provides shelter when full grown – but it happens over time.
In the instant society I live in – there is a real danger that I will give up before I am fruitful in an area God is growing in me.
Lord help me be encouraged by today’s word – that Your kingdom – is growing in me – and You will bring about the growth in me as I stay planted in the soil of Your Word, in the company of your people, and under the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn