“It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 11:6 “ In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good..”
Have you ever had a conversation with people who always say they have nothing to offer? Such individuals fully depend on what they have as a mean of survival and at such they hold so tight unto it unwilling to let it go. It’s as if letting go of a tiny bit will automatically make them poor and this is where our understanding about seeding needs to be broadened. At times, it’s difficult to blame people for hoarding or being stingy because as human beings, every person who has been through tough times living each day with little or nothing understands the need to keep or hold tight to what they have but the perspective needs to change. We need to get to the level of understanding which Jesus addresses using the parable of the mustard seed.
Sometimes there is no avenue for growth when we intentionally hold tight the little we have. Most times we see a big deal in what’s just a mustard seed because we have magnified that mustard seed making it look so big. The story of the widow of zarephath and Prophet Elijah in 1 kings 17: 8-16 is a typical example of how the human mind functions.
The widow had just little and had every intention of holding unto it, “I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” I Kings 17:12
Death was the only thing on the woman’s mind as she understood the world was going through a turbulence and there is a tiny chance of survival. Often in situations like this, we all think like the widow and forget that only God is able to supply our needs. We therefore refuse to plant the seed God has placed in our hands. At times, we don’t even see the seed as a seed and we end up eating our seed sometimes too, something that is meant for planting.
A seed planted is of more value after a while to the planter, the value is more than we can ever imagine and unless it’s planted, it cannot reproduce and multiply; so Jesus gives us another secret of success “plant your seed”.
Jesus speaks in parables to give us the flexibility of applying it to various areas of our lives.
What is that seed you hold so dearly? Jesus himself came to earth and had to die for all Christians to be reborn into the body of Christ. He was the seed planted, the result of Jesus’ death is His resurrection and salvation for the world 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Everyone has a seed in their hands waiting to be planted. God has given everyone a seed but the level of multiplication is dependent of or ability to plant.
- Father I thank you for your blessings and unlimited provisions
- Help me Lord to plant my seeds in the right season and on a good soil
- Let me not plant in vain o Lord and let ever seed I plant germinate into a bountiful harvest
- Forgive me of my shortcomings o Lord and help me to live above sin
- Receive my sacrifice of praise for in Jesus mighty name I pray, AMEN.