The Theology of Mustard


Contributed by Chris Rhodenhizer, Lead Pastor of Image Church

Mark 4:30-32 – And he said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade. [ESV]

How could Jesus describe the Kingdom of God?  Such a vast and great Kingdom, just to describe it, is a great undertaking!  So, He used the smallest thing He could think of…a mustard seed.  These are the smallest seeds, but when planted and given the opportunity to take root, they begin to grow and become a very large plant.  As it grows, it gives shelter, it gives nourishment, it even gives pleasure, and it fills appetites.

Why would He use this to describe His Kingdom? Because it offers shelter to the birds, it gives nourishment from its seed, it brings pleasure from its taste, and it can even fill appetites. It is so small, at first, yet it grows.  It is so small, yet it meets such great needs.  It is so small, yet it meets a variety of needs.  It is often over-looked, yet it provides shelter.  It is even not liked by many, and it still grows; it still moves forward!

I believe this is Christ’s greatest illustration, because it so clearly draws a picture of what His Church could be, should be, and would be!  I hope and pray the description below, of a mustard seed, will be what defines our church…

A condiment made from the seeds of the mustard plant. When the seeds are crushed, elements are released, creating a fiery tasting essence.

Imagine this…

Imagine our church releasing a fiery essence – in our city, state, country and the world!


One Response to “The Theology of Mustard”

  1. Papa Dayee Says:

    Your words to us at the OG were some of the best ones I heard over the entire trip. I cant wait to hear you speak at WB, Super Pastor!

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