‘Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”’ – Luke 12:18-19
I’ve heard this scripture a thousand times.
I’ve heard people talking about ‘mustard seed faith’ and ‘faith as small as a mustard seed’.
I know that mustard seeds grow in to rather large trees.
Yet I feel that Luke’s take on this parable isn’t talked about enough.
A small seed of faith can yield great things, clearly.
But what do those great things lead to?
Within ourselves it leads to a solid growth. A large tree, firmly planted in Gods word.
But things live on these branches.
Birds make their homes there.
Clearly, I am not a tree – or else I probably wouldn’t be writing this.
But to have birds make their homes on your branches?
I’m deeply moved when my kids fall asleep on me on the couch.
I provide their home for them. But it’s also my home as well.
To be so steady.
Safe enough that birds – birds who could range from the tiniest finch to the largest eagle seek shelter in my boughs.
That is an ideal to aim for.
To be a person that is so safe, so steady, that though your faith growth you can help so many other people – be it with their home, their finances or their issues – that’s a life worth striving for.
A safe place for people to go who need rest.
With no expectations of return – just the knowledge that next time they need a safe place, they’ll know where to go.
We talk about the kingdom of God on earth, and strive to make Him known throughout the world.
But maybe its simpler than all the stuff we try to do to make it happen.
Maybe the kingdom of God starts in our own backyard.