Parables were like a secret code. Though they were small, God was with them! They didn't brag about having big faith. They began the work of rebuilding, but had let opposition from the neighboring peoples bring the project to a halt. Lesson - Parable Of The Pearl Of Great Price, Lesson - The Centurion's Servant Is Healed, Extra Helps #13 - Help For The New Or Nervous Teacher, Words Of Encouragement Along The Way #15 - Simplify, Lesson - The Wise Man Built His House On A Rock, Lesson - Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God, Lesson - The Difference Between Old And New Testaments, LIST - Words Of Encouragement Along The Way. An accumulation of teaching methods, ideas, songs, and activities is offered freely to you in hopes that we may teach our children the Bible…and the Bible only. Here is a lesson for us. God’s Spirit must be a part of our life. Write "Matthew 13:31, 32" at the bottom of the blue paper. 3. When Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is like a small mustard seed that would grow large, He was showing the power of God to do His work through whatever instrument He chooses. There were only a very few believers in the beginning but the number of people who followed Jesus grew and grew. The key to living by every word of God and facing the challenges of life with courage and confidence is having within you the Spirit of God, the down payment of eternal life, the life of the Kingdom to come. A growing faith allows us to serve God in many ways. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven or the church was like this mustard seed. Mustard seeds, when grown, turn into mustard plants that have a variety of uses. Other seed falls on good ground and produces much fruit. It would start out so very tiny, but it would grow and grow and grow until it filled the whole earth! Darris McNeely works at the United Church of God home office in Cincinnati, Ohio. They must receive it from God. It means to stop living the way that brings problems, heartache and tragedy and ends in broken lives that are hard to fix. I receive a lot of questions from people asking, “What’s that?”, Telling them it’s a mustard seed gives me an opportunity to relate a short parable of Jesus Christ where He used a mustard seed to explain the Kingdom of God. Though it seemed small at the moment, God was working! God was greater than the king of Persia. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:7-8 2 Corinthians 4:7-8  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (Philippians 4:13)eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'christiantoday_com-box-4','ezslot_4',117,'0','0'])); Stay up to date with the latest Christian news! The parable is short, and using a mustard seed fits the brevity of His point. Nothing would be impossible. How about you? . The power is great and significant, but it starts small, like a mustard seed. Some of us are natural-born Bible teachers…, More importantly, if we don’t teach them, who will? Mustard trees can grow up to 20 feet … Here are three takeaways we can get from a small, unassuming mustard seed. His answer connects to our parable. These are the leaves. American King James Version×). This is the trunk. Always striving to teach them God’s Word in a simple and forthright manner, may our children remember these lessons for a lifetime! As we have been studying about Jesus and the things that He said and did while He lived here on the earth, we are learning about some of the parables that He told the people. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Darris is the Associate Media Producer for the Church. Our faith, when matured, allows us to do many things for the Lord. Some seed falls on rocky ground and doesn’t sprout, some falls on other ground and grows for a little while but withers in the heat of the day. How does this apply to us?  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; It grows and grows and grows until it grows into a tree where birds come and live in its branches. The parable of the mustard seed is a story that Jesus told about a very small seed, the mustard seed, growing into a large tree that provides shelter for many birds. Materials needed: 9" x 12" blue construction paper, 4" x 9" brown construction paper, 4" x 12" green construction paper, scrap of white construction paper, stickers of birds or make your own with colorful paper that is found around the house , kitchen, or magazines (I cut circles out of a leftover bulletin board border. American King James Version×: “Another parable He put forth to 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 the seeds; but when it 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.’”. To repent in a biblical sense means to look into the mirror of God’s perfect law of liberty and ask if you are a hearer or a doer of the Word of God (James 1:22-25 James 1:22-25  But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass: before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace to it. (1 Timothy 1:5), The few words on this page are intended to act as a help and an encouragement to all those who have influence. Apparently, the mustard seed can teach us things. Cut hearts out of green paper.  For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. Write "PARABLE OF THE MUSTARD SEED" at the top of the blue paper. Mustard seeds are only about 1-2 mm in size. Never underestimate the power of God to finish His perfect work in you. United Church of God is a 501(c)3 organization. Jesus Christ’s parable of a tiny seed yields big lessons and can have a huge impact on your life! eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'christiantoday_com-box-3','ezslot_8',113,'0','0'])); The mustard seed is but a small seed, but we can learn important lessons from it. It would start out so very tiny, but it would grow and grow and grow until it filled the whole earth! God was effectively saying to the leaders, You have begun the work; keep at it and you’ll finish it. Jesus used the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32) to teach about the Kingdom of God. It will often be in a small way that He works, but that is to His glory! Click on orange circle to hear tune.).  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. Caring is a choice. Never underestimate the power of God’s Spirit to begin and to finish His perfect work in you. over children in the home or in the Bible class. God sent the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to stir them to renew their effort.