Matthew 13:31-33 “Small Beginnings”
“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
Another question the followers of Jesus had on their mind is addressed in our passage today. “how can we make a difference? Rome is so big, and we are so small, our temple rulers so powerful, how can we make a difference?”
This is the same question we have today. How can we do something for God? We are so small, we are so old, we don’t have the resources others do.
Mustard seeds are 2mm in size, yet mature mustard plant reach 20 feet high and 20 feet around. Leaven is yeast, only a small amount is needed to change all the dough into bread. Through this small group of people, God would change the world.
The Jews were looking for an army to fight great battles, lead by the Messiah. As they traveled from place to place Jesus told their little groups that they could change the world, not with weapons but with faith. How could they have known that their little group would encompass the world.
Small things can grow to make a difference.
Giant Sequoia trees start out as a seed the size out an oatmeal flake, but grow into the largest trees on earth, 280 ft tall and 28 ft in diameter. Tiny things can bring amazing results.
In 1776 a small group of people defied England and became the United States. That small group would become the most powerful nation on earth.
In 1974 the tiny nation of North Vietnam brought the mighty USA to its knees in defeat.
There is great power in small things.
Perhaps you have been or are where the disciples are. Jesus, our church is to small, we are to old, how can we make a difference, what could you possibly do with us? I know I have.
Zec 4:6 says “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
Phil 1:6 Says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
We may not see the possibility, we can not understand how it can happen, yet God is doing great things through our little faith. Keep believing, keep serving, because it is not our age or size that matters, it is our faith and God Spirit working in us that makes great changes in our world.
“Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord”