He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
This is one of the many parables told by Christ. Most commentaries that I read about these verses interpret the story to mean, one person sharing the words of The Gospel will grow and spread around the world and be given to all of mankind. It is referring to the growth of the Christian faith, from one to 2.2 billion.
I agree with all of that, but once again my take on this was not about the masses but about the one, the individual. Christ is talking about the power, the gift, which has been given to each individual by God.
I’m not sure what the difference is between a mustard tree and a mustard plant, but the thought is about one tiny seed. A seed so small that if you drop it chances are you’ll never find it. One tiny seed, that on its own can grow into a magnificent structure that not only supports itself, but serves others as well.
Look at it as if you were talking about an oak tree. We’ve all seen huge oak trees. In one tree, birds and squirrels nest, ants and other insects dwell. Numerous creatures benefit for the majestic size and strength of one tree. But it all started with an acorn, a small seed.
Christ is telling us that the individual has been granted the gift and the power of life. The ability to grow into something magnificent. You have been given the power to do so on your own.
The oak tree or the mustard tree or any other plant does not rely on an organization, or a government to grow into something wonderful. The only thing it requires are the nutrients of life as supplied by God. And so it is with us humans. God has given each of us, the power to grow into something magnificent, something that can help and support others. That is the gift.
We begin our lives as a single cell, which multiplies into an extraordinary organism with a soul at its core. That one single cell contains the gift of the individual given to us by God.
God did not make groups, or societies, political parties or governments. God made man, an individual, and gave us the ability to grow into a force of life. The individual has all that is needed to grow and spread as the mustard tree. Each of us has that ability in our hearts. We have the ability to do it. We just need to believe.
How is that done? You do it with faith and by opening your heart and emptying it of all the worldly things. You need to remove the covetousness and sin that has stunted your growth. You open your heart, you clear your heart and then you allow God into your heart.
Christ says in Matthew 17:20
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.
The power has been there since that single cell. It is your individual power that no one person, thing or government can take away. It’s up to you to either use it or waste it.
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