S (Scripture): Luke 13:18 Thus Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.”
20 Again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”
O (Observation): The Kingdom of God is expansive and is beyond our imagining. Jesus is teaching about the nature of the expansion of the Kingdom of God – from Israel to the world, through the movement of the Spirit. Though the Kingdom of God may seem small…indeed, it will expand to the world.
A (Application): I’m too small. I’m not a gatherer of people. I’m not smart enough. No one will like this idea. No one is going to sign up.
These are the thoughts and doubts of most of us. We all have them. We fear what we do won’t have an impact. And yet…from small, humble beginnings, comes the expanse of the Kingdom of God.
Sometimes we need only to plant a seed. Sometimes we need only to water the seed. Sometimes we need only to turn the soil. Sometimes we need only to harvest the fruit.
That seed, that fruit is Kingdom work. That work looks like: worship, service, reading the Bible, praying, building healthy relationships, and giving.
From small beginnings…And who knows how big it will grow. Who knows who will be affected by your ministry. We cannot fully capture the expanse of the Kingdom work that you do, because we don’t know the thoughts and hearts of all believers.
But we know that God has sent the Spirit to guide us as we continue our Kingdom work. Thine the glory!
P (Prayer): Lord, encourage us when we cannot see the fruit. Encourage us, when the enemy plucks the seeds. Encourage us that even if we start small, we know the Kingdom is big enough to expand our small ministries into blossoming endeavors for your glory. Amen.