Scripture selection: Luke 13:18-22
Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
What is unique about the kingdom – the reign – of God?
According to Jesus, one thing is how the kingdom influences all of life.
Some people like to think they are important and influential. They go to a lot of trouble to maneuver themselves into positions of perceived power.
What is interesting about being a servant of God’s kingdom is that God’s influence permeates all of life in some very significant ways – ways that are at times not recognized by the world at all.
Like a tiny mustard seed that grows into a great tree; like a tiny bit of yeast that works its way through a batch of dough causing great change – so it is with God’s reign over the world.
Generals think it is all about who has the most formidable weapons.
Politicians think it is all about back room negotiations.
Others think money is what makes the world go around.
Jesus has another idea altogether.
Sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, and always with surprising power – God works His miracles to accomplish His will.
And, should we choose to do so, we can be a part of that wonderful, miracle working, process – a little bit at a time.
Sounds pretty influential to me.