Parables of the Kingdom
Matthew 13:31-32 NKJV
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.”
Jesus came preaching a message declaring that the kingdom of God is here. Now when you think of God and how big and powerful he is, what kind of a kingdom would you think he has? A huge powerful one right?
That is what many would expect but then you have Jesus and what seems like a few people following him around from one town to another and from a humanistic perspective you would not think much of them.
But as Jesus said, that is the mystery of the kingdom of God. It starts small just like that mustard seed that looks worthless but when it is put into the ground and natured, it grows into such a huge tree.
Maybe sometimes you look at all the evil in the world and it seems like the kingdom of darkness is winning and the kingdom of God does not have that much influence.
Do not fret, what seems small is growing, and just as Jesus said when he old another parallel parable concerning the yeast, you may not see it but you will definitely feel its effects. That kingdom of God is alive and growing.
How has the kingdom of God affected your life?_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The mustard seed is also referred to in connection with faith, his do the two tie together?_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
If you feel small and ineffective where God has planted you, what encouragement can you draw from this parable?
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