From our internet ministry’s daily devotional “Jesus said…”
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Luke 13:18-21 (NIV)
That’s exactly what the Kingdom of God is like! What is the Gospel? A few words, often spoken without sophistication or training. A man tells how God set him free from addiction. A woman testifies of how God spared her life in an accident. A sermon about the Prodigal Son. An illustration about he empty tomb at Easter.
Suddenly a man understands, a woman begins to see. Opening a Bible that spent years gathering dust on a shelf they begin to understand God’s great love for them. With time they give their lives to Christ and begin to share their transformation with others. A neighbor, a relative, a couple of friends. They begin a small home Bible study group that eventually begins meeting together as a church.
A few more years and that church plants another, and another. And how did it all begin? Someone sharing the Good News with their own words, clothed in the experiences of a common life.
Seed. Yeast. That’s all it takes. The gospel begins small and discrete. But only Heaven can know what grand things the Lord will do with something so powerful as a little seed. Have you planted any seed today?
We pray: Sovereign Creator, it’s amazing how much you can do with so little. Forgive me when I look at my limitations and fail to share the Gospel, which you have brought to life in my life. I want to plant those seed and spread that yeast every day. Just to see what great things you will do. Thank you for the honor of being a part of the great work of your Kingdom. In my Savior’s name I pray. Amen.