Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Mark 4:26-32
“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
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Both Mark and Ezekiel give us a window into the inevitability of the Kingdom of God today.
And through their words we are reminded of two things:
The Kingdom is coming.
And it is GOD that is doing it.
What does that mean for us?
I like to think of it like this:
God is going to bring God’s Kingdom and we can either watch it happen or help it happen.
We can be active or passive.
And even though I think it goes without saying, I will say it anyway: It is WAY more fun to be an active participant in the work of bringing God’s Kingdom here to earth.
We have a big God, and often we think the only way we can help bring the Kingdom is by doing BIG things.
I call this the temptation of Big. But it’s not true.
We have a big God who does small things with BIG LOVE.
Say it with me – The Kingdom of God is small things done with big love.
This is our call too.
We are asked to go out, and join God and bring the Kingdom of God here, one small thing at a time.
To do small things with big love.
We are God’s plus one in the world.
And it’s a two way street – when we go out, we are not alone. God is our plus one too.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. The people listening to him knew exactly what he was talking about, but we don’t have wild mustard growing around here. What characteristics of mustard was Jesus trying to highlight that fit with the Kingdom of God? What is another thing that you can think of with these same characteristics that fits better into our current world?
2. What are some small things with big love that you can do right now to join in bringing the Kingdom of God to the world around you?
Author Edward Everett Hale (though this is often attributed to Helen Keller) once wrote:
“I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do”
We are each one. But together we can bring a lot of love to a lot of people.