Matthew 13:31-32 (KJV): “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
COMMENTARY: If you study the creation process of all life on earth, you’ll see a consistent pattern. Much seed is sowed, new life is germinated or conceived in microscopic form, and over time, this new life grows into full maturity.
APPLICATION: If you’re a Christ-follower in the workplace, God wants you to be a minister right where you are. Don’t worry about your position, title, abilities or resources. God loves to confound the wise by taking a person with little power, influence, authority, credentials, knowledge, ability or strength and growing that person into a mighty Christian mustard tree that nourishes many souls.
When I was born again in June of 1985, God called me to be minister in the marketplace. Yet, I didn’t have a degree from seminary or a degree in business. Yet, God has sustained the business for decades and it has been a vibrant witness. Remember, God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Ask the Lord to make you and your business a thriving mustard tree, and in due season, He will. Years from now, you’ll look back with astonishment at what He has done from such humble beginnings.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Matthew 13:31-32 (KJV)，read Parables of the Kingdom (Matthew 13) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.