July 30, 2018
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'” (Matthew 13:31-35)
I think when we hear the phrase ‘Kingdom of heaven,’ our thoughts immediately turn to the gift of eternal life. Jesus is certainly preparing us for eternal life by encouraging us to live out the Gospel message.
However, I believe Jesus had more in mind than the next life. I believe that if we truly prepare as He instructs us, we are in reality creating a Kingdom of heaven right here on earth.
If we plant our mustard seed of faith (tiny as that may be), nurture it with loving service to others, and shine our light on it, it will grow. Our witness will be life-giving, and others will seek refuge in it (live in its branches). They in turn will plant their own seed…and on, and on.
Eternal life is definitely our goal, but joyful preparation for the Kingdom of heaven will help create our own heaven on earth.