It’s the Little Things
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. Mark 4:30-34
Mark closes out this parable section with one more allusion to agriculture. This one is about the tiniest of seeds put forth by the mustard plant (σινάπεως – sinopeos). This Palestinian variety is more like a bush that grows to about ten feet, yielding very tiny seeds when it matures.
I had a little sign in my office when I had a “real job” as a regulatory compliance manager for a medical device company. It reminded me those little things, done consistently and with conviction, create a stable environment over time. It read:
“Remember the the mighty oak was once a little nut that held its ground.”
I carried this philosophy into my ministry practices. Any successful Christian ministry should be grounded on small, consistent acts of faith, love, hope, passion, and unity. Over time these counter-cultural core values will spread to others, creating a place of refuge.
Thank you for using examples from everyday life to show us how to be citizens of the Kingdom.
I pray this as a seed from a long line of seeds originating from the first SEED! Amen!