Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”Matthew 13:31-32
Gardens absolutely fascinate me. They are filled with potential in the form of seeds. Every seed planted in the garden has the potential to grow, mature, and produce fruits, nuts, or vegetables that can sustain and nourish a family and a community. It’s so amazing.
Jesus says God’s kingdom is like those garden seeds. It only takes one little seed (Jesus uses the mustard seed) to bring forth exponential growth. That small mustard seed he talked about transforms into a bush that produces nourishing food while growing strong and large enough to shelter birds.
When we as followers of Jesus sow actions of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), we purposely plant seeds of God’s kingdom. And each seed we plant has the exponential potential of the mustard seed.
As with a garden, it can be very disappointing when seeds don’t grow into plants. Plenty of my actions seem to have fallen on really poor soil that didn’t get the nourishment, water, or sunlight it needed to grow. Please remember our job as Jesus’ followers is sowing these fruits of the Spirit into the world. When we do that we trust God to exponentially grow his kingdom. So, keep sowing. You never know the potential of that one seed until you release that fruit of the Spirit into the world.