Mustard seeds. They are tiny. So small, in fact, that they average 1-2 millimeters (about 0.5 inches) in size and it takes 750 of them to make a gram.
Now, that is small.
The Bible frequently references mustard seeds as a way to point us to the workings of the Kingdom of Heaven; workings that are countercultural to how the world operates.
Let’s take a look at two parables to illustrate:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13: 31-32)
In the very next parable, Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33).
These parables demonstrate the significance of how God uses small to further His kingdom.
If you’ve ever baked a loaf of bread, you know the significance of the smallness of yeast.
With the yeast, you get a beautifully raised and delicious loaf of bread. Without the yeast, you get a loaf of bread as flat as a pancake.
What appears small and insignificant actually really matters to the overall quality of the bread.
Like Yeast, Your Words Matter
There are no words that are too small and insignificant. God will use your small to impact others’ lives in a way that you will never know.
And when you continue to step into your calling, writing words that point others to Jesus, to further His kingdom, God will take these words and grow them to great endings. Like the smallest mustard seed that grows into a tall tree, God will use your words and make them great.
This you can count on, rest in, and be at peace with.
So, friend, if you are feeling small and insignificant today, I leave you with this encouragement:
- God purposively called you to ministry because you are ordinary and small.
- God is placing you in a position to influence others. This influence might impact 1 life, 100 lives, or 10,000 lives. The number doesn’t matter, the message does.
- God sees and celebrates every effort you put forth in His name – even when others don’t see it or acknowledge it.
- Write to God and let Him take care of the outcome.
What part of small do you struggle with most in your writing? How can you use the message of small to help you rest in more peace today? Turn to God and write a prayer for thanksgiving for your smallness and His bigness.
Can I Help You?
If you are ready to take the next step into the calling God has placed on your life, but need help getting started, I would love for you to connect with me! I love helping writers get started.