Monday, July 30, 2012

Swell and Grow

Jesus put another parable before the crowds.  The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed... is like yeast...

Jesus is teaching the crowds in parables to explain what the kingdom of God is like.  He uses commonly understood objects to demonstrate a commonly misunderstood reality.  The ultimate in power and glory is cloaked in humility and smallness.

The kingdom of heaven, one would think, would be great, glorious and powerful.  And so it is, but not in a way the world expects greatness, glory and power to be.  The world's power works from the outside in.  It needs strength, dominance and control.  God's power works from the inside out, working secretly from small and hidden beginnings and so is more lasting and more glorious.  The seed grows  into a tree.  The yeast swells the entire loaf.

What is my seed of faith growing into?  Who is sheltering under its branches?  How is the yeast of my love of God swelling into something sustaining for many?

Lord Jesus, You are the seed and the yeast of the kingdom of heaven within me.  Help me let this beautiful thing swell and grow.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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