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Beyond Question: What is the Kingdom of God Like?

[Jesus] said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like?”  Luke 13:18a

My favorite bumper-sticker is, “God can’t steer a parked car.”  It reminds me that some days I need to just put one foot in front of the other, do the next right thing, and trust that through my prayer and my actions, God will make God’s will known to me.

Sometimes when we talk about the Kingdom of God, we tend to focus on eternal life.  But the Kingdom of God is also the here and now.  And it is God’s desire for it to grow.  A lot!

When Jesus taught his followers about the kingdom of God, he compared it to a mustard seed and the yeast used in baking.  In both cases the starting place is incredibly tiny but turns into something many times bigger than itself.  A mustard seed – much smaller than a peppercorn – grows into a large bush.  A few granules of yeast can leaven a whole loaf of bread, changing it into something bigger and better than it had been.

A mustard seed and baking yeast.  Two tiny, common things that the people of Jesus’ day knew well.

Most of us don’t consider ourselves to be “big enough” to really make a difference in the world. People who say that have forgotten what it is like to be in bed with a mosquito in the room!  None of us are “big”, but God can use us if we open ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit.  We can become the leaven in the loaf through the power of the Holy Spirit.  God can use us if we quit making excuses for all the reasons God can’t use us!

Rick Warren said, “Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident.  Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings.  This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit and how your character develops.”

Or listen to Peder Eide’s fun song about the many characters in the Bible who had multiple excuses why they couldn’t serve God.

Peder Eide, “As Is”

* Questions to Ponder
* What would you say the kingdom of God is like?
* Reflect on your life to this point, your walk with Jesus, and any times when you have been changed or transformed.  Then consider how God might be changing or transforming you now.

A hope-filled prayer of blessing written by Andrew Greeley (book of Irish American Blessings and Prayers)

May your work bring order where there was chaos,
wisdom where there was ignorance,
brightness where there was obscurity,
purpose where there was confusion,
warmth where there was harshness,
laughter where there was pain,
challenge where there was boredom,
and God’s holy peace where there was hate.
May you create in the name of God who creates,
be wise in the name of God’s revealing word
and loving in the cause of God’s spirit who serves.

* Prayer for Today
* Transforming God, take my life, my will, my intellect, and my heart and make them truly yours.  Guide me, lead me, walk beside me, and transform me.  In Jesus’ holy name.

* ”Material from Book of Faith Lenten Journey: Beyond Question byErick Burtness copyright © 2012 Augsburg Fortress. Posted by permission. All rights reserved.”

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