Sunday Devotional: Luke 13:18-21

He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?  It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”  (Luke 13:18-21)

Jesus loved to share little stories with his disciples.  These stories carried a lot of meaning in them and used them as teaching tools.  These verses here share another example of Jesus teaching the disciples through parables.

The two stories talk about the kingdom of God, a topic that Jesus taught regularly about to the disciples.  Both of these short stories compare the kingdom of God to something that starts small and grows big.  The first is a mustard seed which is one of the tiniest seeds that there is.  But it can grow out of that seed into a large tree.  The second story talks about leaven (which is used in baking bread) and how a little leaven makes the dough rise.

God at work in us starts small but has a tremendous impact.  As we follow Him and grow in our faith, we are able to be used for His kingdom and for His glory.  There is the phrase “A little goes a long way”.  When it comes to God, He can take a little and make much out of it.  This week, let us be faithful in doing our part and seeing our faith and our work grow for His kingdom and His glory

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