The Mustard SeedJesus once told a parable about sowing a mustard seed. “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus, “What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade” Mark 4:30-32
Hidden meaning• The Kingdom of God is compared to the growth of a plant.• The seed of love is sown in peoples hearts. It grows slowly and silently deep within each person.• Every time someone does something good, no matter how small, it is a sign that God’s love is in their heart.• Jesus promised that from something small, slowly, over time, amazing things will grow.
• The ground …… A person’s heart• A seed…… God’s love• A small plant…. A good action• A fully grown tree…..the Kingdom of God
• The fully grown plant stands for the Kingdom of God fully present in the world.• Jesus told the parable to show that the Kingdom of God will grow slowly and steadily like a seed grows into a plant.
Explain how a small ordinary everyday action canmake a big difference in building the Kingdom of God. • Turning up for training • Owning up to • Phoning home if you wrongdoing are delayed • Lending a bus fare • Watering the plants • Listening to a friend’s • Turning loud music problem down • Saying sorry • Waiting for someone • Sharing a snack • Signing a petition • Being on time • Collecting little sister • Making a cup of tea from school for someone
Exercise• Explain the meaning of Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed.• Find more information at http://www.ccel.org/contrib/exec_outlines/pa.h