The Redeemed Life

a Christian blog cultivating spiritual growth

15 July

The Kingdom of God – Luke 13:18-21

Luke 13:18-21 – Listen

18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 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.”

20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”

Redeemed Mind – Learn

In response to the preceding healing miracle, the crowds in the synagogue rejoice in the work that Jesus does among them.  Jesus takes this teachable moment to explain exactly what God is doing – He is breaking into our world of darkness, establishing His heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ.

Jesus illustrates this spiritual reality by using 2 examples that would have been easily understood by His hearers: a mustard seed and yeast.

Both examples start out as something small and insignificant, but as the seed grows into a plant, and as the yeast permeates dough, their final form is immense compared to their humble beginnings.

This stands in stark contrast to what the Jews of that time were expecting of God’s coming Kingdom.  They were looking for a massive political upheaval leading to instantaneous transformation of their world.  Instead, Jesus comes on the scene, not changing culture and politics,  but establishing His humble Kingdom by caring for those who were unimportant and insignificant.

Redeemed Heart – Worship

In the midst of the chaos of our lives, we hear Jesus’ promise that one day His Kingdom will be fully and permanently established in our world.  As we see His Kingdom slowly break into our own lives, we also have to deal with the reality that everything is not yet as it should be.  We still feel the paralyzing effects of sin in our world.  We still experience abuse, shame, fear, isolation, and loss.

The challenge before us as believers is living our everyday lives in light of the “big picture.”  Knowing God’s promise is one thing, but believing it will come to pass is another – it is called faith.  Through that lens of faith, we are able to see the corruption in our everyday lives from a new perspective.  As an old hymn describes it,

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Redeemed Life – Grow

What perspective do you have when you look at your life?  Have you lost sight of God’s coming Kingdom?  Does the reality of His return impact the mundane things of your daily life?

Jesus’ presence in this world was the first step of God’s reclamation of a world that was lost due to sin and rebellion.  In this passage, Jesus promises us that one day His Kingdom will be fully established on earth.  That is our blessed hope.  Not that we will solve all the problems of our world, but that He will return and finish His rescue plan.

Will you allow that to impact how you spend your time?  How you approach conflict?  How you treat relationships?  Will you allow yourself to see life through that lens?


2 Responses to “The Kingdom of God – Luke 13:18-21”

  1. Grace says:

    Like yeast; though hidden in the flour and deposited only in one place works silently until the whole mass is brought under its influence., so is the Kingdom of God. It is secret, silent and steady. It is of the heart; penetrating all the faculties of the soul and the kingdoms of the world. As believers, we are to silently let it grow in our hearts, the church; so much that it consciously influences the whole of our being until it begins to impact to our neighborhood, relationships and people we meet.
    Good work.

    • Dominic says:

      Thanks for the comment Grace!

      You’re so right! The growth that comes from God is something that starts inside each of us and overflows to impact our lives.

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