Luke 13:18-21 NKJV Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? (19) “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” (20) And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? (21) “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
We naturally tend to look for big things. When we play baseball, we want to hit the home run. When we watch football, we are looking for the huge pass to the end zone. We look for big gains in our retirement accounts. We want stuff big and fast.
When it comes to the Kingdom of God, Jesus reminds us that the big comes often in small packages. He compares it to how small a mustard seed is, yet it produces a bush. He says just a little leaven raises the whole bowl of dough.
In ministry, I often counsel those on my team that our job is to be faithful in the small things and we will see God do big things. It’s how the kingdom of God works. When we are faithful to be under His word in a small way, a daily quiet time, reading his word, attending worship, etc. We see it work out into every area of our lives. We see the word of God change our hearts, our attitudes, convict us of sin, demonstrate the power of forgiveness, all in little bite size chunks that work their way out into everyday life and before we know it we see the kingdom of God advancing in ways that we never would have thought or imagined.
Father, we trust you today to see your kingdom work from the small to the large. I thank you that small mustard size faith can produce such incredible results in our lives. We trust you for the small things and ask you to do big things in our lives today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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