Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Parable Of A Mustard Seed - 3rd Thursday In Lent

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.'” - Matthew 13:31-32

The kingdom of heaven is just awesome, though it is not a bit what the Israelites expected. It's not what anyone expected, because God's kingdom is as much unlike an earthly kingdom as it is superior to an earthly kingdom. The kingdom of God doesn't move forward with conspicuous revolutions, brave violence, or government change. The kingdom of God moves forward in unearned forgiveness, in undeterred faith, and in unconditional love. Just like a mustard seed, the kingdom of God is not always impressive to look at, but inside it dwell life, comfort and growth unlike anything else the world has ever known.

Challenge: Have you wished and worked for a human kingdom instead of God's kingdom? Lay your ambitions, not matter how great or small before the cross. Knowing you are forgiven and made new, advance the Lord's powerful and unseen kingdom today by loving, forgiving and serving your neighbors.

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