Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.” – Luke 13:18-19 NLT
Jesus loved telling people what the Kingdom of God is like because He desperately wanted people to enter into the Kingdom. He was clear about the Kingdom: it is not just a place we will get to some day, it is anywhere we submit to Jesus as King.
In this parable, Jesus tells us when we submit to the King in the smallest bit, that submission is bound to grow. Submission is not a mere obedience to arbitrary commands. It is to learn to think like, love like, and perceive the world like Jesus does. It is to allow the Spirit to have lordship over this area, and then the next, and then the next.
The grace of Jesus is this: He does not ask us to surrender all, all at once. He says, “Make me King over this area.” When we do, we discover He does more with that area than we could have ever imagined. Consequently, we have more trust to give Him the next area. And the next one.
The Kingdom is not established when we give everything. It is established when we give the next thing. Give King Jesus a little ground in your life. Plant that mustard seed. Before you know it, you might find others perching upon your tree.