How can such a large tree (if indeed it is a tree) come from such a tiny seed? We’re told that faith the size of a mustard seed is large as well. I don’t know whether anyone wears these anymore – but my mom and dad gave me a necklace that held a single mustard seed. It was my high school graduation and I was anxious about leaving all the things that were familiar. That little mustard seed went with me to college and beyond. It meant so much to have that reminder as my companion.
I am small – but HE is so big! In this case, however… I believe the example of the mustard seed was used for a couple of different reasons:
- The Lord wants us to know that Heaven is so much – not only larger than we can possibly imagine – but also He wants us to rest assured that it is so much better than we’ve ever known down here on earth. On one hand, we’re urged to share our faith everywhere we go – but on the other hand, we’re invited to bask in the greatness of what Heaven will be – a place like we’ve never known and cannot imagine because our finite minds are not able to imagine – but our hearts long for…
- The kingdom of heaven is at its fullest in Christ. That is why wherever Jesus went, the sick were healed, demons were cast out, and the dead were even raised. Because none of those things exist in the kingdom of heaven and Jesus walked in such a way that He brought heaven to earth. He passed this authority on to his disciples, telling them to do the same thing. And He wants us to have an abundant life, which would require complete surrender to Jesus and the Holy Spirit (which would mean that God’s domain/kingdom is expanding in us). So, we too, are called to expand Christ’s kingdom on earth preaching and teaching His wonderful Gospel – reminding others that His kingdom is at hand. We don’t know the day nor the hour of His returning – but until that wonderful day, we can try to imagine our Heavenly home – but that’s all we can do – we can only imagine. Thank you so much for joining me for this week’s Bible study! Have a blessed week in the Lord! 🙂