Matthew 13:31-32 “He told them another parable: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.’ ”
The Scene: Sequence of the life of a mustard seed. The Christian has to grow into a stalwart in the church developing spiritually from the seed planted in him by the Holy Spirit at salvation. At first, as an unsaved person, he is watered by the Word (living water) of God. Then as a youth (young Christian) unlearned, he begins to take root and grow as a seedling, growing spiritually, as he takes nourishment from the water of the Word.
Next, over time, he grows into a tree, an adult (mature Christian) and then develops into a tree of service to others. He can bear the fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5:22) and provide food, shade, and shelter to become a place of peaceful rest and grace. The needs of the Church are met through service to others. Through study of God’s Word we show ourselves approved unto God, workmen who do not need to be ashamed, who correctly handle the Word of truth. (See 2 Timothy 2:15)
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