A growing kingdom

31 He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.32 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.’
33 He told them still another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about thirty kilograms of flour until it worked all through the dough.’ Mat 13:31-33

What do a mustard seed and yeast have in common? They both resemble the kingdom of heaven in that when you look at them they can often seem unimpressive in their simplicity and smallness and yet actually the way that they grow and spread is formidable. The mustard seed is the smallest seed which when you hold in your hand you can never think that it would amount to very much at all, but when full grown is the largest of plants.

The kingdom of heaven is like that. Sometimes, at a snapshot, it might not look like much especially at times when at a snapshot it looks like the kingdom of evil is having the upper hand. And yet, every second, God’s kingdom is growing as men, women and children are giving their lives to Christ and spreading a sweet aroma of his presence wherever they go – into their homes, schools, workplaces and cities.

Today, I would like to encourage you to celebrate the fact that you are part of the greatest kingdom ever, the one that wins in the end. And also play your part in growing this kingdom and helping those birds (i.e. other people) spoken of in Mat 13:32 to come and perch in its branches. It might be saying an encouraging word to an unbeliever, offering to pray for them, building a friendship with them, taking them along to church this Sunday (especially if you have a Mothers’ Day service, like at New Creation), introducing them to other ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven and many other ideas. We all have a part to play. Let us play it today!