Jesus wants His children to understand what the Kingdom of God is like. In Luke 13:18-21, Jesus gives two illustrations of what His Kingdom is like. He says it is like a tiny mustard seed as well as yeast. While I would think Jesus would describe His heavenly Kingdom using illustrations like big castles or mansions, instead, you see Jesus using simple objects that don’t cost a whole lot yet have deep meaning.
The tiny mustard seed can be planted. When tended to, it grows and becomes a tree where birds can make their nests. God’s Kingdom is about flourishing, growing, and helping others. It is not a place to simply arrive where you play a harp on a cloud. It’s a place of great activity. It’s a place of community with other believers.
Yeast is added to bread so it will rise. Only a little is needed for it to permeate every part of the dough. God’s Kingdom is a transforming place. While all you need is a little faith, when allowed to grow and develop, your whole life is affected. There is no separation between your secular life and your Christian life. The two become one. Your secular life is cast aside as Jesus infuses your body, soul and mind with Himself. Great community happens between you and God.
Jesus wants you to know that following Him means you are a part of a community, God’s community. It’s a tightknit group. The narrow door is always open to those who desire to be a part of God’s Kingdom. Why a narrow door? Read verses 22-30 in Luke 13 to see why.
“Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.”24
Everyone desires community. Unfortunately, many seek the wrong kinds of community. The community Jesus offers is life-giving. You can breathe. You have purpose and fulfillment fills your soul. You become content. You know you are home in your heart, and one day God will take you home to heaven where His Kingdom has no end.
Look at the following scriptures that describe God’s Kingdom even more:
Romans 14:17 – “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:15 – “The time promised by God has come at last! The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
Luke 17:20-21 – “One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
Matthew 5:3 – “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Based on the scriptures studied, what is God’s community? Are you a part of it? Would others see you interacting in it or would they associate you with secular communities more? Let God show you where changes need to be made so you can walk more and more intimate with Jesus in wonderful fellowship and community.
In God’s community, we share in each other’s lives. No one goes through life alone. Ask others how you can pray for them. Share your prayers with others. Help each other by easing one another’s burdens. Today, my sister-in-law needs community. My brother fell down the stairs and is in the hospital. Prayers for Dennis and Mary would be great. My sisters are there, helping out however God is leading.
God’s community is full of God’s children being the hands and feet of Jesus. Who can you help today?