“He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches” – Mathew 13:31-32 (NIV).
The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds there is, about 1-2 millimetres. In spite of that it can grow to a twenty feet tree. It has many branches that start to grow from the tree trunk on to the ground. “The mustard tree can grow wide and tall,” a writer has pointed out.
But for the mustard tree to grow one has to first sow that little seed into the ground. This too is true of many other plants that yield great trees- Mango, Avocado, Jack fruit -they all start as small seedlings dropped into the ground. Once cultivated well they all bloom into giant trees of the forest.
In our leading verse Jesus used the example of the mustard seed to refer to how the kingdom of God grows from a single step of faith. But the same message can apply to many other areas of life. For one to progress at school and eventually attain a degree it all starts with enrolment in primary one. Builders of any house start by laying the first bloc. The mustard seed story has been linked to revolutions which started with one shot fired. The Chinese say, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step at a time”!
The scriptures say “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6, ESV). Today, you could be nurturing a big dream, perhaps too terrifying to imagine, in its sheer breadth, strength and power, as you envision it once full blown. Do not fear. The Lord is telling you to have the faith like of a mustard seed.
To realize that tree of your dreams you must go out and sow that little seedling. Do not lie back, hoping that the tree of your dreams will just appear out of the wild without taking a step of faith. Nor does it help to wonder how come that there are other mighty trees in other peoples garden! They all started with just one seed sown into the ground, a step of faith in action that yields into a powerful garden.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, like in the parable of the mustard seed, today I take that step of faith to sow a seed of faith, assured of your blessings, that it will grow and bloom into a full tree and make of a wonderful garden, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!