‘The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed’.
God has been reminding me of the fact we are called to plant the seeds that he has ordained to lead to his kingdom coming, however small and humble they are, rather than succumbing to the temptation to plant more impressive, visible, big, attractive seeds that yet bear no true harvest.
I often feel the pressure or temptation, whether it is from myself or others, to achieve, to succeed, and to produce the right results. And yet I feel so small and powerless in the face of such a wide, complex world. In the mustard seed God is reminding us that it is in that exact space that he is at work.
The fifth chapter of Exodus outlines Moses journey through this tension in faithful obedience. He is given a seed to plant (‘Let My people go’) in the face of a massive adversary, the might of Egypt and the Pharaoh, and immediately after planting the seed feels as though he has utterly failed. The Pharaoh refuses and punishes the Israelites, and they blame Moses and turn on him!
And yet this is the moment where the seed ‘falls to the ground and dies’, the moment where the seed is planted deep, where it is in the place where the only option is for the miraculous and sovereign movement of God to bring what has fallen to life and resurrection. This is exactly what God then does in and through Moses!
I want to be faithful to plant the little seeds, even when they, and I, must fall to the ground and die. I don’t want to trade walking with and witnessing God’s presence and power for cheap satisfaction and a short lived, and ultimately empty, win.