The Kingdom is like seeds
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 seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32 NIV)
So let’s see here, the kingdom has something to do with the act of planting, even planting something small—the smallest of all seeds perhaps. The kingdom has something to do with growth; even the smallest of seeds produce a new life form—from a seed to a tree. The kingdom has something to do with this new life form being used to hold-up, support, and provide rest and shelter—to have a purpose. All because a man took this seed and planted it. My guess is the man knew it was a seed, knew it had potential, and maybe even wanted a tree, though I doubt he had in mind the benefits that were far reaching even to the birds of the air. My guess is also that this was not the only seed that was planted by this man. He planted many. Perhaps there was more than this one tree that was produced, perhaps not. We know there was this tree though. And we know that the seed it came from and the diligence of the sower shows a picture of the kingdom.
Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both. (Ecclesiastes 11:6 NLT)
We don’t know which seed will grow into a tree. We do know that if we pursue his kingdom, there will be trees and we have seeds!