Are you in the kingdom of God?
Scripture describes the kingdom as such:
Mar 4:30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
Mar 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,
Mar 4:32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
What can we learn about the kingdom from this short parable? Firstly, that it started small. This may refer to a couple of things. One, that it started from just one man, Adam and was preserved through the ancient times by a relatively small nation. Second, it also alludes to how it starts with the seed of belief planted in us by hearing the gospel message.
We also learn that it grows up to become bigger than any other plant. For plants to grow this big, especially in the desert regions of the Middle East, it requires a phenomenal growth potential and ability to feed off every drop of water. Just like that, the kingdom of God had the growth potential, not only because of its truth, but because it has the supernatural power of God as the growth guarantee. The glory of the kingdom of God on earth can be seen in creation, in how creation is sustained and how lives are changed.
The large branches of the mustard tree reaches further than the other plants, and covers the whole garden. In the same way, the kingdom of God has spread across the earth, and while not all parts of the earth are God-fearing and God-honoring, His glory has reached far and wide.
Finally, it provides a place where the inhabitants of the garden can live. When birds make a nest, that is where they rest, eat and raise their young. The kingdom of God is the place of rest for those who are participants. It provides comfort and nourishment for the soul, and security and peace.
With the origin of the Lordship of God started the future of a new and redeemed world.
Are you in the shade of the mustard tree? Are you at rest in the kingdom of God, with peace and hope for the present and future?
Believe in God, have faith in the redeeming work of Christ, and be peaceful.