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Luke 13:18-21

Jesus said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." And again he said, "To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."

Luke 13:18-21
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    • Let me review today my daily chores of my life? Does it rise up to challenge me? Do I become discouraged when I do not see results?
    • Lord, teach me to recognise the seeds of transformation which you have placed within me. Help me to understand that the kingdom is growing now in me, and that you are making your presence known to me in small as well as big ways.
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    • The kingdom of God is too wonderful to be described directly in human or worldly terms. We can only get glimpses of God’s world. Do I belong to the surprising kingdom of God or to the predictable kingdom of this world?
    • Something as small as a mustard seed or as little as a measure of yeast can, given the proper conditions, produce great growth and transformation. As the mustard tree shelters the birds of the air, the kingdom of God is hidden but quietly growing, and it has room for everyone who wishes to come.
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    • Our attention is naturally drawn to what is biggest and best; it is easy to overlook things that are small, frail and humble. Perhaps I can think of prayers I have said, of hopes that I once had and recognise how those seeds have grown. I may be able to trace the ‘yeast’ of a vision, a desire, a dream and see how it has inspired me and others.
    • Jesus compared the kingdom of God to common ingredients; to what might I compare God’s reign in the ordinary things of my life?
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    • These two images of growth are incremental and organic. The kingdom of God grows slowly, but it grows big: 1.8 billion Christians today, which includes believers of diverse cultures and experiences, like the myriad birds of heaven nesting in its branches. And it grows unseen, often, like yeast, giving a hidden dynamism to other movements, like the Christian peacemakers who created the European Union.
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    • These two images of growth are incremental and organic. The kingdom of God grows slowly, but it grows big: 1.8 billion Christians today, which includes believers of diverse cultures and experiences, like the myriad birds of heaven nesting in its branches. And it grows unseen, often, like yeast, giving a hidden dynamism to other movements, like the Christian peacemakers who created the European Union.