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Mustard Seed Faith- What Can We Learn From A Tiny Seed?

By Janis Cox

Do you remember the parable of the mustard seed? Janis takes a look at what Jesus meant by this lesson, and how we should apply it to our own faith.

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Small Seeds, Large Trees!

mustard seedDid you know that from one of the smallest seeds grows one of the largest trees? The seed of the sequoia is only ¼ the size of a grain of uncooked rice. And yet it grows into the biggest tree, having roots that can cover over 2-4 acres and bark that can be 2 feet thick.

I find that amazing!

And can you imagine our earth without seeds? There would be very little plant growth.

In Genesis 1:11-13,

God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
of seed-bearing plants,
Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
And there it was.
Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
all varieties,

    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Three.


The Parable Of The Mustard Seed

Jesus told this parable: From Matthew 13:31-32

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Have you looked at a seed lately? As I planted my garden this spring, I marveled that the tiny beet seed would produce luscious red beets; and tomato seeds would grow into tall tomato plants.

But the parable of the tiny mustard seed – that makes more sense when I understand the miracle of a tiny seed growing into a large plant. And that our faith can be like that – small, unassuming, but powerful because we enlist the aid of God.

Our Prayers Are Like Seeds

mustard seedMark Batterson in his book study called Draw the Circle, reminds us of the miracle of that tiny seed and also how we need to go slow and wait expectantly for our prayers to be answered.

He says: “Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but it eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations…. So even when we die our prayers don’t.”

In this world we want quick fixes, and instant solutions. Mark says: We want God to microwave solutions, MapQuest directions and Twitter instructions.

We forget, yes forget that we serve a powerful awesome God.

In Psalm 50 we hear that God owns the cattle of a thousand hills. We need to remember that we can’t let fear dictate our decisions.

God Can Answer Our Prayers

Mark Batterson also says:

When Jesus walked out of the tomb, the word impossible was removed from our vocabulary.

Our God who can make a humungous tree grow from a tiny seed, can surely answer our prayers.

Is your God big enough to answer your prayers? Remember you need to ask. So dream big and ask our awesome God.

Until next time, think about your prayer time. Are you spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word?


Janis Cox

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journalling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. She has had several articles and devotionals published. Janis has been a regular contributor to HopeStreamRadio since its inception in 2015. Contact us if you have any questions about the Bible or Christianity.

Janis has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years. Hope Stream Radio will be her first foray into broadcasting on a regular basis.

In addition to a career as a home-maker and teacher, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne. They currently reside in Ontario and winter in Mesa, Arizona. Janis and Wayne have three children with spouses and many grandchildren.

One of her favourite things is to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life. Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word, on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mustard Seed- gokalpiscan

Sequoia- Comelia1508

Tomato Seedling- Kruscha

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