Parable of a Mustard Seed

Jesus and his Parable about a Mustard Seed – What we can learn from it

To understand the parable, let’s look at two quotes from Matthew chapter 13 where Jesus is speaking to his disciples.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 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.”

Matthew 13:31-32

While Jesus and his disciples came down from a high mountain in Jerusalem, there were a great multitude of people. From the gathering of people, a man approached Jesus and asked him to cure his epileptic son. His disciples asked Jesus why they were not able to cast the demon out of son.

“Because of your unbelief, for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:20-21

What can we learn from this

The mustard seed represents the kingdom of God, meaning the teachings of Christ.

Jesus was the sower who planted the seed in the field. The field is us, the people of earth.

If you have seen a mustard seed in your spice cabinet, it is very tiny, about 1 – 2 millimeters.

Once it’s grown to a full tree, it can reach up to 20 feet. A mustard seed bush ranges from 6 and 20 feet. I think this is quite impressive.

Our faith and actions are like a mustard seed. Each action we perform may seem small and insignificant, but if you add them all up, it grows / transforms into one large thing. If you have grown children you can see the overall impact of all the little things you’ve done raising them has come to fruition. I have a fourteen year old cat and I see the love, devotion and bond we share after raising him from a little kitten. He’s my best buddy and companion.

Remember my blog posts on the Fruits of the Spirit? Each fruit of the Spirit we practice may seem small, but in the end, they all add up to one big thing. You never know what affect one of these actions has on anther person. The video below is a great testament to real people acting on one of these fruits of the spirit. With every act, that small insignificant mustard seed grows to something significant. I’ll be honest, I was teary eyed by the end of the video from the love and kindness these wonderful people.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. And, those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Faith restored in Humanity – one act of kindness at a time

Have you seen a video or witnessed the mustard seed or a Fruit of the Spirit in action? Share in the comments below. Have a wonderful day my brothers and sisters in Christ, I love you all.


3 thoughts on “Parable of a Mustard Seed

  1. This is so great! I love that you share the power of faith and how even the smallest amount like a mustard seed can blossom into something large. I am also christian, and experienced my own encounter with Jesus almost a year ago now. He has lead me to the fascinating field of positive psychology, which strongly aligns with my christian beliefs. This field and my faith have helped me immensely in living a more meaningful and fulfilling life, and sparked an inspiration for me to reach out to people to share how these complement each other. Feel free to check out the blog and I welcome any contributions you may have to the content. Great post, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!


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