Wednesday April 21
Text: Matthew 13: 32-35
Theme: The Mustard seed and the Leaven
The parables of the Mustard seed and the Leaven are part of the kingdom parables that Jesus did not explain the meaning. The common feature of the two parables is the smallness of the objects used and also their hidden nature.
The mustard seed is a very small seed. Many people use it for different purposes in Nigeria today. This is the seed Jesus compares to the kingdom of God. In other words, the kingdom of God starts off as a little insignificant phenomenon. Subsequently, it grows into a powerful tree where all the bird of the earth can nestle and find shelter.
When Jesus was on earth as a man, he sowed this seed of the kingdom in an obscure part of the earth. Born in a manger and had a super contagious but unacceptable ministry in a small town of Galilee. People who ought to champion his course denounces Him.
Nonetheless, his death instead of being the death of the ministry ironically made it to grow beyond the confines of Jerusalem to reach the whole world. Today, many oppressed and persecuted people all over the world have found comfort and protection in this kingdom through the saving grace of Jesus.
The hidden leaven also reflects the activities of the kingdom subjects. One born again believer who is faithful to the lord is like a hidden leaven which gradually does it’s job until the entire dough rises. As believers who are baptises in the holy spirit, we are Unstoppable. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power that lives in us.
Yes! We have the power to set the world upside right for God. Each of us as hidden leaven must play our part in our little corners. We must keep shinning as lights and teaching about the kingdom until the whole world is ripe for harvest unto the lord. This is our mandate. May God grant us the grace to live up to this expectation though Christ Jesus Amen.