Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.
In light of everything our culture is challenged with today, it is vital for Jesus followers to understand that the Kingdom of God does not submit to a political kingdom or a religious kingdom. Jesus came to help us see what is already existing in His Kingdom and to bring us up to his level. Lean into the message today by one of our favorites.
Politics and religion are a part of life; but, since the Kingdom of God is not of this world, these elements do not belong in his realm. For the church to be a church for all people we need to be Kingdom people. When we choose sides and choose to judge, we are abandoning the philosophies of the Kingdom.
God’s Kingdom is not broken – we are broken. We as children of God try to live as if God needs our help to fix the system. But the system is already working. In our relationship with God, we are the citizen not the sovereign. We are the child not the parent.
Jesus came down to us, but he did not come down to our level. Instead of trying to change the ways of God, we need to rise to his level and learn to love, talk, and sacrifice the same way he did.
What happens when we treat everything like God is not in control and we don’t embrace his Kingdom principals? When Jesus doesn’t agree with us, we choose to follow man. When leaders agree with us and support our agendas, we treat them like a God.
Jesus chose to describe the Kingdom of God as being similar to a mustard seed. He could have described the Kingdom of God as a forest of cedar trees, strong and firmly rooted. But he chose to characterize it as a such because the Kingdom of God cannot be seen in the strength of a tree, it is found in the potential of a seed.
In God’s kingdom, you look at what seems insignificant and you see the significance in it.
The beauty of seeds is that they are small, but the shell is tough enough to protect it from the outside world. Yet, with some water and a little time, the plant within is able to break through.
Similarly, to experience the Kingdom of God inside of us, we have to let the seed of the spirit grow in us and eventually it will break through our barriers – hypocrisy, judgment, hurt and worry. Then, we can cast out our shade for others to rest in and grow in.
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