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.” — Matthew 13:31-32, NKJV.

Men, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed”. Jesus speaks another parable. The mustard seed is the smallest of herb seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than all the herbs and becomes a tree where birds come and nest. This tree is a refuge, it provides covering and safety, it provides comfort and vantage.

Coming to the empowering knowledge of Kingdom principles is like growing into a fruitful tree. Kingdom principles give answer to many questions about how to live out the Father’s will here on earth. Living out Kingdom principles in a world of false worship will no doubt make us stand out among other “herbs” or weeds.

There are refuge, empowerment, protections, and privileges in the great tree of Kingdom function. Living out Kingdom principles is recognizing spiritual attack and settling our hearts to say “I will dwell in the secret place of the Most High. I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say, Lord, You are my refuge, and I will trust You. You will deliver me.” Ps. 91.

While many in the world are tormented by worry and anxiety over day to day issues, Kingdom citizens know how to access His peace, and take confidence in His promises. The world of “birds” and men recognize the value of coming to an immovable tree instead of a smaller herb which can’t give shelter during calamity. Anxious people come to immovable people for comfort and stability while the winds of calamity blow through their lives and circumstances. The mustard tree receives the same rain and wind as other herbs, but can withstand a flood and torrent by its deep roots in the Kingdom principles.

Move forward men, rooted deep in Kingdom function. Stand out among less established men. Be available to those needing refuge from storms. Grant protections through prayer to those who come upon you during attack. Be visible to those searching to grab hold of truth like a weary bird in a wind storm. Let Jesus make you into a shelter where He can be found.

Vance Durrance

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