The Mustard Seed
The analogy of the mustard seed is generally understood to convey the growth of the kingdom, or government, of God from something very small to the point of being very large, eventually encompassing the entire earth.
It is also correct to view the mustard seed analogy from the perspective of the Church, which statistically insignificant in size, in comparison to the total population of the earth, but is the foundation on which God will build His kingdom on earth after Jesus Christ’s second coming. The comparison can be extended further to the individual members and their growth from baptism to full spiritual maturity.
The humble beginnings of the mustard seed can be likened to our baptism, when God placed His nature in us – very small, at first. The growth process of the seed begins with the death of the old seed (old man) and the growth process of the new creation made in the image of God (new man). We quickly realize that this process occurs slowly over a life time and can be restricted, inhibited, and stalled by the old man refusing to yield its preeminent position.
We can perform a self assessment of our progress in growing in spiritual maturity. An observation of a hierarchy of thought and conversation is instructive for us in this evaluation.
The hierarchy is: great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss things and events, and small minds discuss people. We should take a critical look at the level we think on and what we talk about in a typical day . This is a good barometer of our spiritual maturity and growth of the new man.