What Jesus Did! 'From Small Beginnings' — Matthew 13:31-32

Monday, June 28, 2021

Here is another illustration Jesus used: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches."
— Matthew 13:31-32 NLT

Key Thought

Throughout the Old Testament, God's people had been warned not to judge on mere appearances. We shouldn't be surprised that Jesus' Kingdom would start small and insignificant based on outward appearances. Yet, living nearly 2000 years later, we can see how the small, inauspicious beginnings have been transformed into a powerful, world-changing movement. When Jesus said, "those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last," he was right (Matthew 20:16). What began in a stable now influences the world. What the authorities expected to end in death now offers life to all. We are part of a mustard-seed people because our God is the only true and mighty Lord.

Today's Prayer

Master and Creator of the universe, thank you that your work does not depend on my power. I offer myself and my meager resources to do your work in the world. But Father, I realize that the power to do this work, the resources to accomplish the tasks, and the time necessary to complete your ministry must all come from you. Today God, I confess to you my weaknesses and my sins, knowing that all your power needs to work in our world is a willing heart and an available vessel. Please use me not only today, but each day, to do your work. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 4:6-10
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  • Matthew 19:28-30


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Illustration of Matthew 13:31-32 NLT —  It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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