The mustard seed represents the Kingdom of Heavens as it is explained in Matthew 13v31 or same expressed in Mark 4v30, the Kingdom of God. It is a seed that grows to become not only great but reaching excellency!
We are part of the Kingdom, the ones believed in Jesus and redeemed. We are part of the seed. But a seed does not grow necessarily by itself.
There are seeds that they grow “by them self”! You see suddenly a nice Jacaranda tree growing without anyone planting it. How comes? The mother tree might be in your garden spreading seeds all around, they fell, they are watered by the rain and they grow! Or a bird grabbing some nice seeds from the neighbours garden, loosing one on its way as it was flying above your garden. The seed found a nice fertile soil, the rain came – or your hose pipe – and started growing and so forth. Other times, we plant our desired seeds to make trees, flowers or vegetables! We enrich the soil with compost and fertilizer and we keep watering them, keep removing the weeds.
How much we learn from the land! Especially, the years of Jesus Christ everybody was busy with land and agriculture in one or the other way, so those parables were so relevant and familiar.
When we plant a seed we have plenty of deeds to act in order to assist the seed, as said above; plant, feed, water…
When a seed is “self planted”, we do nothing probably but still deeds take place naturally to help it grow: natural compost from the fallen leaves or animal pooping, rain from the skies, water from the underground…
No matter who helps the seed to grow, cannot grow by itself, except by miracle ways! I believe that the Lord can grow His Kingdom without any other deeds, in a miraculous way but this is not what He planned to do. He decided – long time ago – to give the freedom of choice to the people. One of the choices we have to do is our deeds. I will use the seed at this point not as the Kingdom of God but as a starting point – if you allow me.
Every new day is a day of refreshing. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here as yet. Our deeds can be seeds for new things, for new starts. As we put those small seeds, for example…helping an elder to pass the road, seed after seed will grow with the help of deeds and as they grow to beautiful trees, we will finally have a lovely thick forest!
Just imagine this beautiful picture of a lovely green healthy forest and every new day, let’s plant some new small seeds and accompany them with those new small deeds.
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