The mustard seed container sits in my spice cabinet, in a small little bottle, rarely used. There is nothing special-looking about these little seeds, they all look the same, and someone might easily toss them into the trash without a second thought.

And yet Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like one of these small little mustard seeds.

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verse 31, Jesus speaks a parable to the people:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than all the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

When we look upon one of these tiny seeds, we see what is there: a tiny seed.

When God looks upon this seed, He sees not only what is there, but what potential is there.

You see, inside that seed, by design, there is written something great and significant.

That tiny seed has the potential to grow to a size that will overshadow all other herbs we plant in our gardens. It will become so large and magnificent that the birds of the air will come and make their home and find their refuge in its shade and shelter. Also, when crushed and bruised, this seed produces the strongest flavor of all the herbs.

So how does this seemingly insignificant seed, become such a tree of great worth: the largest, strongest, and most powerful of it’s kind?

It is planted in FAITH. Pushed into fertile soil, watered, broken down by the earth, so that new life may spring forth. Roots plunge, and a shoot breaks out of the surface of the earth. This seed is changing, continually, becoming stronger and deeper, as more of its destiny is uncovered.

The seed must be planted in order for the power of the Holy Spirit to transform it.

The work is done by the Creator, but the seed is the vessel through which He has chosen to show His power and glory.

So this, our own seed of faith, is pushed into the earth, covered by dirt and sits, alone in the dark, waiting on the Creator to see destiny unfold. In this waiting time, alone time with the Creator, the seed begins to break down.

New life springs forth from an insignificant seed.

The soil and warmth and water on the seed, and all that the Spirit of God pours out on you while you are in the dark, begins to break you down. But it’s purpose is not destruction, it’s purpose is to produce new life.

The breaking continues, on the outside your seed shell cracks and crumbles but inside your soul you feel like you are going to burst. And when your outer shell gives final way- you do burst.

A shoot.

Freedom- you have broken free.

A shoot so small, it cannot be seen, still hidden by the depths of the earth.

The shoot must grow, and stretch, reaching up and out, as roots plunge in the opposite direction and arms reach up. Reaching and stretching and growing until you finally break out of the surface of the earth. A tender shoot, a small sapling.

The miracle has happened.

New life springs forth from an insignificant seed. One leaf, then two, four, six leaves, and a stem thickens and stretches taller and wider. You see the outward strengthening of this once tiny seed- becoming more than you imagined.



  • How does this image of the kingdom of God like a mustard seed relate to me personally?
  • Today, will you receive the gift of faith to press that mustard seed into the earth and allow the Holy Spirit to hover and cause it to germinate?
  • Today, will you let God call out the plans and destiny that is written inside of you and grow that seed into a life-producing, rest-sanctuary providing shelter?
  • What is the Lord calling you to? You may not even know, but you sense His presence. Have faith, and let Him guide your steps.


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About Marianne Sloan

Marianne Sloan is passionate about Jesus, her family, and living simply, intentionally, and with great joy. She has found that there is no greater life fulfillment than following hard after the God who has created her, knows her by name, and who loves her. The wife to Luke, and mama to four, Marianne and her family live in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a homeschool-mom, web-designer, and nature-lover. Spending her days raising and teaching her four littles keeps her a little occupied, but when she's not mothering, working or teaching, she loves to read, write, garden, and run. You can connect with Marianne on her BLOG { } and INSTAGRAM                     { @marianne_sloan }.