A FOREST OF FAITH
Read Matthew 13: 31-35
Though [the mustard seed] is the smallest
of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the
largest of garden plants.
In the 1940s, Floyd Smith ordered a small packet of
bamboo shoots in the mail and planted them on his property
in Prattville, Alabama.
Today, his land is pre-
served as a county park,
and visitors can enjoy what
is now a thick bamboo
forest with plants standing
over sixty feet tall.
Jesus compared God’s kingdom to small things that grow
big. In today’s passage he likened the kingdom to a tiny
mustard seed that grows into a very large plant and to yeast
that spreads through the entire dough. The work of Jesus
began with a small group of humble followers in Galilee, but
his message soon spread across the globe.
Our efforts, though they may seem small, over time may be
used by God to accomplish great kingdom building. Like the
small packet of bamboo shoots that grew into a forest, as we
continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and sow
seeds of faith in the lives around us, God can use our lives to
grow a forest of faith in others. We may think that our part in
God’s kingdom is small; but God can turn our little into much.
Prayer: O God, show us how to plant seeds of faith in the
lives of those around us so that your kingdom will continue to
grow in all of us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Amelia Rhodes (Michigan)
Prayer Focus: NEW BELIEVERS
Thought for the Day
God can grow small seeds
of faith into a forest.