Luke 13:18-19 - Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in His garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air came and perched in its branches.”
When we are saved we are taken out of the world and brought into the kingdom of God. It’s easy to say, but what does that mean? Every time someone comes to know Jesus the kingdom spreads a little more. Jesus came, not to conquer the world we live in, but to bring the kingdom of God into it. We see this desire also as He teaches us to pray: “Our Father in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So we are taught to pray that God’s kingdom comes to earth.
Now, in this passage, Jesus is giving us a picture of what that kingdom looks like and how we are to bring it to earth. He says the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. Jesus takes the smallest of seeds as a starting place for the kingdom. He says it starts out small, just a little thought or a word planted in someone’s heart, but it grows into something large. We are instructed to bring His kingdom to earth, but we must understand it is not our job to make it grow. All we must do is throw the seed and then we can watch God work in people’s lives. That is the amazing part, but God cannot work until the seed is planted. He will work and grow the seed, but we must do our part by sharing the message of His grace in our lives..