Wade E Taylor
"Another parable He put forth unto them, saying; The
Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man
took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least
of all seeds." Matt 13:31-32a.
A primary aspect of our spirituality is not how spiritual
we feel, but rather what we do with the present, or quickened
Word that we have from the Lord.
We are to cultivate and use the spiritual ability that we
have, no matter how small it may be. This principle is seen
in the growth of the mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds.
Rather than complain about its small size, all it need do
is to expose itself to the "Son" to shine on it,
and to the "rain" of the Holy Spirit, to fall upon
it, and it will grow.
No matter how spiritually limited we may feel, we can experience
all that the Lord intends, if we will spend time in His presence
and rightly use what we have.
This mustard seed, when grown, becomes an herb. To extract
the value from a herb, it must be crushed. Only then will
it be of value to another. As we express our desire to become
a blessing and help to others, we enter into the experience
of identification with the Lord in “the fellowship of
His sufferings" (Phil 3:10).
As we abide in Him, the herb that we are will gradually develop
into a tree, planted by the river of life, on which all manner
of fruit is available for the edification and healing of others.
"Which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when
is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a
tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in
its branches." Matt 13:32.
These "birds of the air" are those who seek something
spiritual. If we really have something to offer, they will
come and lodge in the branches of our spiritual experience.
We will come into this place of being a blessing to others
only after we have been so reduced and ground into powder,
that nothing of self gain is left.
Like the herb, there must be something imparted into our
being that will make us "taste" good when others
bite into us, to see if our experience is real. Then others
will lodge in the comfort and warmth of our relationship with
the Lord and open their hearts and lives to us, that through
us, they also might come to know the Lord.
Jesus said, "Except you eat of my flesh, you have no
life." So also, we must become spiritual food to others.