|Matthew 13:31-33 |
31 And he put forth another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field.
32 The mustard seed is indeed the least of all seeds; but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs,2 and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches of it."
33 Then he spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven [yeast], which a woman took and covered in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened."
2 The mustard seed is indeed the least of all seeds; but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs. The kingdom of heaven is like the grain of mustard seed and like the leaven [yeast] that goes through the whole lump; both analogies show that the kingdom grows from small beginnings before it can be known. Mark further reports:
And he said, "To what shall we liken to the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we describe it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds on the earth, but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may lodge under the shadow of it." Mark 4:30-32
So, in the beginning of your seeking the kingdom within, it is smaller than the tares of the world, which are the lusts, pride, worries, cares, and pleasures. But if the seed of God's kingdom is watered and fed, it grows to be the largest of all; this seed is watered and fed through seeking the Lord, through silent waiting for him, listening for his voice, hearing his teachings and commands, and obeying them as directed from God.