Different perspectives (Mark 4:26-34)
In our Gospel reading this week Jesus uses two parables to try and get his hearers to look at faith and the Kingdom of God from a different perspective. He uses a seed describing its growth cycle until it matures and then a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds that matures into a big tree.
We know what happened to the disciples and how God’s word spread throughout the world, but to those gathered around Jesus it must have seemed like the smallest beginnings, not really going anywhere. It was almost not worth the trouble, especially if people were being killed or imprisoned for their words and faith. And yet they made the choice to grow more like Jesus and share God’s love and grace with others.
It is the same on our journey of faith, our Christian journey. We may look at other Christians and think we couldn’t be like them, imagine all the things we would have to change. But God doesn’t ask us to instantly become a saint, but asks us to plant the seeds and tend them and then over time our faith will grow, our attitudes will change as we get to know God more, and eventually we will be us still, but we will share more of God’s love with others and be blessed with more of his love in our lives.