December 10, 2008

Mustard Seeds

Luke 1:46-55

“He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”
Luke 1:48


Today we have read Mary’s song, in which she ponders what God is doing in and through her. Among other things, she points us to something we’ve been learning lately: God loves to sidestep the mighty people of the world and accomplish his will through people from whom no one expects great things.

Years later the little one that Mary is carrying within her will use a visual symbol—the mustard seed—to teach about small beginnings (Matthew 13:31-32). The mustard seed is as small as the point of a pen, but it grows into a plant so big that birds can nest in it!

God’s mustard-seed approach to building his kingdom is evident in the baby of Bethlehem and the cross on which he eventually died. Through the atoning death of Christ, God has established his powerful kingdom, against which no gate or army can stand.

In the past there were also other stories of God using small or unlikely instruments to accomplish his will: elderly Abraham and Sarah; the powerless Hebrew slaves in Egypt; Rahab, the woman from Jericho; David, Jesse’s youngest son. Mustard seeds.

Are there still mustard seeds today? Well, God continues to build his kingdom, often using people from whom no one expects great things. Can you think of some mustard seeds sprouting in your church today?

Father, we are thankful for the mustard seeds you are planting and nourishing today. Open our eyes to see where you are at work, and use us in your kingdom too! In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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