Scripture: Luke 13:18-30
Key verse: (18) “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?”
Reflection: As I write this devotion on Wednesday morning, we are still waiting to hear final election results for the presidency. For many across all political lines this time of waiting brings anxiety and questions of the future. And while the presidential election is consequential here and now, our scripture passage for the day asks another even more important question…” What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?” No matter what your hopes are, neither candidate this year or any candidate ever will bring about the kingdom of God. It just doesn’t work that way, since neither candidate is Jesus. In this time of waiting, may we take this as an invitation to ponder the kingdom, not just during election season, not just every four years, but may we ponder the kingdom each and every day.
The kingdom is like a mustard seed that grew and became a tree, and again it is like yeast that mixed with flour until it was leavened. The kingdom starts as little things that eventually make a big difference, everyday things, things that add up over time. Little things make a big difference. These things that add up either look more and more like the kingdom or they are unrecognizable to Jesus. As Jesus often does he puts this point into a story, painting a scene of those who stand outside knocking, claiming to have eaten and learned from the owner of the house, but when the owner of the house opens the door he claims not to know them, they are unrecognizable and are sent away. It wasn’t just the moment of knocking at the door that was consequential, it was all the little moments that lead up to the knock.
What are the little moments in your life that add up to make a big difference? What are the little moments that shape who you are as a person? Do you allow yourself to let the love, grace, and peace of Christ grow within you like a mustard seed? Do you allow the patience, servanthood, and care for the other to rise within you like a pinch of yeast? May we not be too distracted in the little moments that we and our actions and our attitudes become unrecognizable to Jesus. Instead, may care for the tiny everyday seeds of the kingdom sown by God in our lives, that they and we may grow into the beauty of God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Loving God, you are above all things. You see through all time from the beginning of creation to the coming of your kingdom. And yet, at the same time you see the passing of every second of our days. May we rest in your loving kindness trusting that you are big enough to hold all of time in your hands and knowing that you care deeply enough for us that your Spirit is with us every moment of every day. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].