The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches. Luke 13:18
The typical mustard seed is usually 1 to 2 millimeters (0.039 to 0.079 in.) in diameter. When this tiny seed is planted, it grows into a bush reaching an average mature height of between 6 to 20 feet with a 20-foot spread. Under ideal conditions, exceptional plants can reach a height of 30 feet. Impressive growth comes from humble beginnings. Desire and welcome the Spirit’s teaching in your life, even when it is accompanied by correction so that your maturity is made evident to all.
The redeemed in God’s kingdom consists of the small becoming mature. Growth is anticipated and expected. We are to ‘take’ the seed given us (2 Corinthians 9:10) and sow it into the ‘garden’ of our heart. God will then provide the growth (1 Corinthians 3:7). Glory to God.
The mature tree described here in Luke has strong branches and thus provides a nesting place for birds. Likewise, our growth and maturity ought to provide glorious provision for other believer’s lives to grow in strength. Look and expect to see sweet fruit resulting from other’s growth. Growth and fruit are expected. Glory to God. Believer, reach out and ‘take’ the seed of faith Jesus gives (Hebrews 12:2, Romans 12:3) and plant it in the ‘garden’ of your heart and allow it to flourish; expecting God to do nothing less but great things with your faith! My eyes are on you Lord, perfect my faith (Hebrews 12:2)!
Two ways we plant the seed of faith in the ‘garden’ of our heart is by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and exhorting ourselves (Colossians 3:16) in His truth. God grows our faith when we make the effort to understand the magnitude of His grace. Grace always gives more than we deserve (Luke 17:9).
Jesus is THE source and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). It is His faith that we possess and He gives a measure of it to each one of us (Romans 12:3). Thank you,
Lord, with the faith you have given me, I acknowledge and thank you for my Spiritual gift of (_____________). You intend for me to be profoundly effective in my gifting because is for your glory. Open doors of opportunity for me to minister to the body of Christ for Your glory alone. I desire to be found faithful.
In His grace,