It Grows . . .
Luke 13:18-21 NLT
Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?
It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”
He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like?
It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Reflection . . .
In both of these inquiries, the question is, “What’s the Kingdom of God like?”
In both responses, Jesus illustrates how the Kingdom of God grows like the tiniest of seeds and the littlest amount of yeast in bread. It takes time, certainly, but it grows and grows like the mustard seed into a strong plant and like yeast permeating the entire dough.
We cannot see it growing at every increment, we can only see that it has grown! We cannot see or understand how it takes root or matures, but we can see the change and difference. We are part of the Kingdom of God and being part of its growing nature, it’s important for us to continue planing and nurturing the seeds and ground where the Word of God is planted. We may not see much if anything happening for a long time, but do not lose heart, God is at work!
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels— a plentiful harvest of new lives.John 12:24 NLT