What is the kingdom of God like?

He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”

I once heard it said that faith is all about the little things that we do when no one is looking. Like the mustard seed or a bit of yeast a small act can have an large result when it is done in faith. Consider how the shepherd boy slew the giant Goliath in the name of the Lord with just a stone. This one act of faith changed the destiny of a nation. And what of Esther's courageous act of faith as she risked her life to save her people? Amazing things have been done in faith.

This is what the kingdom of God is like. When Jesus says (describing how his true followers care for the poor) ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’ he speaks of a kingdom where love is actuated by faith and people's needs are met. Like the seed and the leaven, faith is an influence that causes life to be different in a wonderful way. Apart from faith the world would be a much smaller and darker place to live.

Cause faith to arise in us today Lord. Let us sow seeds of faith, hope and love in small ways today.

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