Joyful Preparation

June 14, 2015

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”  (Mark 4:26-34)

I think when we hear the phrase ‘Kingdom of God,’ our thoughts immediately turn to heaven and the gift of eternal life. However, Jesus is preparing us for eternal life by encouraging us to live out the Gospel message here and now.

Jesus had more in mind than the next life. If we truly prepare as He instructs us, we are in reality creating a Kingdom of God right here on earth.

If we plant our mustard seed of faith (tiny as that may be), nurture it with loving service to others, and shine our light on it, it will grow. Our witness will be life-giving, and others will seek refuge in it (“dwell in its shade”). They in turn will plant their own seed…and so on, and so on.

Eternal life is definitely our goal, but joyful preparation for the Kingdom of God will help create our own heaven on earth.

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