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Thursday, April 12: The birds come and perch in its branches

MatthewWe return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 13:31-32

He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."


The tiny mustard seed can grow into a tree of eight to twelve feet. The small, insignificant beginning of God's work of salvation through Jesus with a handful of followers made many in the crowd doubt its reality. How could such a humble beginning change the world?


Never let God's small workings fool you into thinking that they're not important or perhaps not from God at all. Is there some small way God would use you today? Trust Jesus to use your small step of obedience to accomplish his will.

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