Kingdom Potential: Mark 4:30-32
“30) And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31) It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32) yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”” Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭30‬-‭32‬
In this parable, Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. Though the seed is tiny, the plant becomes large. It may start small but has huge potential.
I have watched many times how small, broken, despised and insignificant people come to Jesus. Soon He changes them and they become men and women of character, dignity, faith and influence. They soon pass up their counterparts in the world.
This is the thrust behind 1 Corinthians 1:26-30. God has chosen the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, and the despised to shame the noble. He does it all the time. They may start small, but soon they surpass in wisdom, stature and influence their counterparts in the world.
It happened to Joseph. It happened to David. It happened to Daniel and his three friends. It happened to four fishermen and the ragtag group of men Jesus called to be His disciples.
God works this way so that He gets the Glory! A small seed of faith can transform any person who sincerely embraces Jesus Christ into someone very special. The Holy Spirit changes them.
He quickly multiplies gifts, character, confidence, power and influence in them and through them. Many from very humble beginnings and modest surrounding go on to have national and international impact.
God can turn failures into successes. Tragic mistakes into providential opportunities. Brokenness into wholeness. Poverty into wealth. Sickness and disease into wellness. Oppression into influence. Weakness into power. Followers into leaders. Obscurity into fame… and He does in such a way as to baffle the world. (See Acts 4:13)
The message of the kingdom when planted in the right soil has unimaginable potential. Don’t measure anyone’s future potential “in Christ” by their past performance “in the world.” The indwelling Holy Spirit transforms them into radically different people. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, let Him do this work in your life. Stop making excuses. Let go of your old self and your old identity. Step up and step out and embrace your new life “in Christ.” Spread your wings of faith and fly.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global