Thought for The Day – Thursday 17th March


The Parable of the Mustard seed

“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

Mark 4:30-32

Did Jesus foresee that from his death on the cross, his legacy of Christianity would spread throughout the known world and then reach corners of the whole world?

In this parable, Jesus himself is the sower of the tiny mustard seed. At the beginning of his ministry as he gathers a group of disciples, he is preparing the ground to receive the seed which will become his message of hope and salvation for all who will believe in him. The tiny mustard seed, falling on good ground, grows into a plant spreading its branches and leaves to become ” .. the greatest among all herbs”.

When we are born, Jesus is unknown to us. It is only by the examples and influences of people of faith around us, who are the rain and sun, that the knowledge of Jesus slowly grows within us, just as the mustard seed grows. If we are open to his message, we become like the branches ourselves and join together within his Church, ready to bring forth seeds that must find fertile ground on which to grow.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were the sower of the seed that became Christianity, in all its denominations. Help us to prepare more fertile ground on which we can sow the seeds of faith in you.

Action: Take every opportunity that presents itself to share your faith with people you meet and people you know. Just one sowing of the seed and then supporting it and helping it grow, will you be walking in His path.

This Thought was written by Dan Docwra