Small is Mighty

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Deep Thoughts for Deep People (a weekly devotional)

In this election year, candidates stand on stumps to tell America what this country could be like if he or she was in charge. Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God were telling people what the world is like when God is in charge.

Jesus says that God’s kingdom is something tiny that has a huge and unpredictable result. A tiny seed that becomes a nesting tree giving a home to many birds. Grains of yeast that poof up into a full loaf feeding hungry stomachs.

When our son was little, we used to make bread from scratch. The first time he saw the dough rise, he was frightened of it, growing all by itself like a Goosebumps episode. How could it do that? Because the yeast was living.

Both the mustard seed and the yeast have life tucked inside of them, life ready to bless others.

Remember, it’s not always the loudest voice or the biggest number that brings the most life or causes the clearest paradigm shift. In God’s reign, small is mighty.

Luke 13:18-21(NRSV)

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

The Parable of the Yeast

20 And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God?21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with[a] three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”


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