Devotion: The Kingdom of God

April 28, 2020

“He said therefore, “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.”  Luke 13:18-19

I had a resident describe to me the other day the wonder of a seed.  She shared her awe that out of a little black seed, a stalk unfurls and out of the stalk, a bud emerges, and out of the bud a red flower blooms, and into the flower the hummingbirds dip their needlelike beak to be nourished by the sweet nectar.  All of that beauty packed into a boring looking seed. 

A mustard seed is usually about 0.039 to 0.079 inches in diameter.  Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to this tiny bit of matter.  Jesus did not explain things in lofty theological terms.  He didn’t go into an involved explanation of what the Kingdom of God is, nor does he liken it to something elaborate.  Jesus takes one of the most common trees – like an oak tree for us – and likens it to something so grand as the Kingdom of God.  In other words, the Kingdom of God is something that his listeners could relate to: the everyday miracle of a tiny seed becoming a large mustard tree.  The tree “becomes” from the seed.  The Kingdom of God “becomes” just in the midst of everyday life from the seed of God’s Word.

Where?  Where do we see it?  Where are we a part of it?  The kingdom of God grows branches in our everyday interactions through kindness and compassion, through mercy and forgiveness, and through speaking of and showing Christ’s love.  These branches in turn become a shelter in which we find our home as we nest under the shade of God’s grace.  If a gorgeous red flower can be born out of a plain black seed, why can’t we find the Kingdom of God among us on just so common a day of the week as Monday?

Prayer: O God of hope, let us see in our everyday life signs of Your Kingdom.  Let us let those everyday signs be seen in us.  Amen.

Written by Rev. Susan Roddey, Director of Spiritual Life at Abernethy Laurels 

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