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Focus Verses: Matthew 13:31-33
31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32
Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is
the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and perch in its branches." 33
He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like
yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it
worked all through the dough."
the Kingdom of God gets a little foothold in your life, it takes
over. A mustard seed might be the smallest thing a gardener could
plant, but eventually it dominates and becomes bigger than anything
else in the garden. A minuscule amount of yeast in a large amount of
dough will eventually work its way through the whole batch. It changes
Response and Action:
desire the mustard seed and the yeast of the Kingdom of God to take
root and take over in my life. Like the gardener, I must exercise my
desire by giving the mustard seed a place in my garden. Like the woman
making bread, I must mix the yeast into the dough of my life. I am
doing this through faith in Jesus, following him, praying, taking in
the Scriptures, obeying, surrendering, thinking, applying, living, and
seeking the Kingdom first.
If I am faithful to plant
and mix, I will see the seed and the yeast (the truth and life of the
Kingdom) become the most dominant and influential element of my life.
The transforming power of the Kingdom of Christ will change
O God, I long to be
receptive and fertile soil for the seed of your Kingdom. May the power
and grace of your Holy Spirit work its way through every aspect and
dimension of my life. I want your ways to be my ways. I want my heart
and mind to be controlled and shaped by your truth. Guide me, give me
wisdom, and transform me that I might delight in your will and walk in
your ways to the glory of your name. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ
lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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