Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It only takes little Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

How much of God's activity does it take to change the world?
Jesus in Matthew seems to be arguing that it takes just a little bit from God to start the kingdom breaking into our place and time.
In Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus compared God's Kingdom to a tiny mustard seed. Jesus said that God works just like a mustard seed. God starts small and grows. God's kingdom is at work in often tiny ways. Every year I meet with each seventh grader and a parent one to one right before we start confirmation. And every year I pass each of the students and each of the parents a mustard seed to hep them understand again the promises that God has made to work in their lives and in our world.
A verse later Matthew 13:33 Jesus says a little bit of yeast is like the kingdom. It's the leaven of the yeast that transforms the dough from flour and water past into something completely different.
It only takes a little of God's activity at the start and suddenly everything is transformed. We look sometimes for great things and sometimes God will do what seems to us like just a little, and that little we will find out in the end was the beginning of something great.
Pax, John

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