Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46
The Mustard Seed
31 He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
A Costly Pearl
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Often Jesus talked in parables. You wonder if it’s because what He was describing was so unique and beyond our thoughts and imaginations that He could only use stories to relate them to us. We may see the Kingdom-work that Jesus is doing as small or insignificant. He didn’t travel great distances, He didn’t work with a great number of people, and His ministry on earth was short. Yet, that seemingly insignificant Kingdom-work has spread (or leavened) around the world. Now it’s our turn.
His Kingdom is still growing and making its mark in this world. Are you willing to move His Kingdom-work forward? Could there be any greater privilege than to be a part of that work? How will you be a part of His work in your time here on earth?
Prayer: Jesus, draw me to You and help me to find the treasure in Your Kingdom-work.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)