Why this is important: Jesus invites us to picture what God’s kingdom is like. Jesus wants us to understand Him as King of the country of God.
- In many of the stories (parables) that Jesus uses, he uses a seed as an example.
- The Kingdom of God starts out small in us.
- His rule as Master starts small and grows.
- As a disciples of Jesus, we learn. We don’t start out mastering things. Jesus wants us to grow.
- That is the natural order of things. We don’t start out mature. That is not how God has structured things.
Are we growing in our faith and love? We will reap what is sown. That is a fact. We need to take that seriously.
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown upon the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on the ground. And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the garden plants, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Mark 4:30–32). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Am I seeing a kingdom in which Jesus is in complete control and has absolute authority? Is that how I picture God’s kingdom?
The kingdom was given to Jesus by God
What is the basis of Jesus in serving as the Messiah and the King of God’s kingdom? God has made Jesus King. God has given Him the kingdom. It was His to give and He gave it to His glorious Son.
- Matthew 28:18 — 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
- John 16:15 — 15 “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
- Daniel 7:14 — 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
- Psalm 72:1 — 1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son.
- Daniel 2:44 — 44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.
Faith at Work: Our message at work is to proclaim that Jesus is in charge. Colleagues understand authority and who has it (and who doesn’t). We can leverage this into understanding we serve a higher authority. We can bring the good news of the kingdom into reality for others.