What to Remember When Your Love and Care Aren’t “Enough”

Mustard seed in hand

Reading with the Pastor
Luke 13  and  Psalm 90

Verses 18-21 grabbed my attention from today’s reading.

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 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.”

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

Two pictures of the Kingdom. Two one verse / one sentence images with the same powerful punch. The mustard seed is small, but contained within its smallness is the DNA structure that will ensure that it grows so large in one season of growth that birds will nest in its branches. It is like that little tablespoon of leaven you put in the dough when you are making a couple of large loaves of bread. The leaven influences the whole lump of dough.

Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like that.

It’s innate power, hidden from the eye, is powerful and productive disproportionate to its size. Remember that. 

Remember that when you are tempted to despair. Remember that when you are praying for people and it SEEMS that your prayers are having no impact. Remember that when your acts of love are rejected and your attempts at friendship are rebuffed. Remember that when all your teaching and care of your children and your seeking to raise them up to love and serve the Lord seem to have no effect.

The Kingdom of God and your seeking of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is powerful, disproportionately from all that you can see. Keep living passionately for and like Jesus, “and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Keep trusting Him.

Psalm 90 is a great companion to today’s reading in the gospel. It is the only Psalm written by Moses and it is packed with wisdom for today. This link will take you to a short reflection on Moses’ prayer to “number our days.”

Taking Psalm 90 Personally

Another link: A surprising way to be intensely local and incarnational with the little you have for the glory of God and the joy of your neighbor. Take a look at Ann Voskamp’s Blog, Aholyexperience.com (“What to do when you are down, overwhelmed and kinda undone?”)


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