Mark 4:31-32 says, God’s kingdom is like a mustard seed, which is smaller than any other seed on earth that you can plant. But when you plant it, it grows and becomes the largest of all the plants in your garden.
God's kingdom is the believers. When Jesus told this parable, there weren't many Christians (people who believe that Jesus is the Saviour of the world or the Messiah. Many of the Jews (God's chosen people who were descendants of Abraham), didn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders were the ones who had Jesus killed.
A mustard seed is tiny. See if you can find a jar of whole seed mustard in the fridge or pantry to see for yourself. The church would have seemed tiny during Jesus' ministry. It was also under enormous persecution. The thought that it could grow into something so big would have been hard to grasp. A mustard seed is about 1 mm and a mustard tree can grow to 6 metres, which means a mustard seed is 1/6000th of the hight of a mature tree. The growth of the Kingdom of God could refer to the growth of the church to every part of the planet. It could also refer to the growth in the number of Christians worldwide. Something to think about...
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.