Jesus said, “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.”
Why would Jesus use the Mustard Seed instead of the legendary Coco de Mer Palm Seed for his parable? Maybe because he knew we might try to make cute little necklaces out of them like we do with mustard seeds and he was trying to save us a pain in the neck. After all, the Coco de Mer Palm is the world’s largest seed at over twelve-inches long and weighing over forty pounds!
Obviously, Jesus uses the mustard seed to make a point and he is about humility not grandeur. His ministry had humble beginnings, but like the tiny mustard seed, it soon grew into something so much greater. The birds of the air make nests in the branches of the mustard tree and it is in Jesus’ majestic Kingdom that all who believe can come in and find rest.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me this day to spread your love so that all may find rest in your magnificent kingdom. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dawn Rister,
Gordon Conwell Seminarian
& Youth Minister at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC.