And he said, “With what can we compare the, or what shall we use for it? It is like a grain of , which, when on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. Mark 4:30-33
Do you ever struggle with feelings of insignificance? To be honest, we all do.
There’s something inside of us that yearns to make a lasting impact upon the world. This is why people who donate money to churches, universities, and other public places like to have their names on display. It’s a way for them to have some kind of lasting legacy that outlives them and goes on. I often wonder how many people would give these kinds of larger donations if their names were NOT made known.
in his epic novel, , writes: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.”
In this passage of Scripture,speaks to our desire for significance. He recognizes that each of us has this inner desire to ‘make our mark’ on the world around us. And surprising us all, he speaks to this hard-wiring in each of us from an upside-down perspective.
Jesus reminds us of God’s all-pervasive kingdom which touches upon every area of life. But it’s an upside-down kingdom. It starts off as something small–something apparently insignificant. It’s tiny–like a mustard seed (the smallest of known seeds in Bible times).
But this little seed packs a powerful punch. It grows and grows and grows, until finally it provides a huge presence and provision for other things as well. In other words, it becomes exponentially useful compared to its original size and appearance.
This is exactly what God wants to do with your life.
As you surrender your life to Christ, God wants to use you in exponential ways. He desires to multiply His kingdom life through you to others. No one is meant to live an insignificant life in God’s eyes. For the true follower of Christ, this is simply not possible.
How is a plant healthy? First, it has a good root system. Then it draws nourishment from the soil. The sunlight gives it daily strength and energy to continue its growth. It produces flowers and finally fruit.
An unhealthy plant is disconnected and in the dark. It withers and dies. It never reaches its potential.
In God’s garden of life, which are you?
Are you someone whose roots go deep in Christ and his Word, the Scriptures? Does prayer, Bible study, and worship play key roles in your spiritual life? Or are you disconnected from God, with no roots in His Word, and no sunshine of worship shining in and through you?
1. A healthy plant grows. Are you growing in your relationship with God? How do you know for sure?
2. A healthy plant bears fruit. What kind of fruit are you bearing from your relationship with Christ? Are you leading others to him?
3. Where do the roots of true significance grow? In the world around us which is based upon power politics, military muscle, and outward beauty? Or in God’s economy where random acts of kindness are opportunities to glorify God and in which true sacrifice is the divine currency?