Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor
We’ve been told that bigger is better, size matters and more is the measurement of success. We are lured by the stadium, the crowds, the show and the spotlight. But Jesus is trying to tell us that God delights in building a flourishing Kingdom out of the smallest, the least and the seemingly insignificant. It’s His Way—the Way of the Kingdom of Heaven.
There’s something we’ve missed about His Kingdom and it has to do with the inherent power in the seemingly insignificant.
The Apostle Paul captures this understanding of the Kingdom of God in these words to the Corinthians:
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
When we pay attention to Jesus and see where he’s taking us, then we understand what he’s getting at in the Parable of the Mustard Seed & the Yeast: It’s not in the show! It’s in the humblest acts of service, the seemingly most insignificant acts of goodness and love (following the example of Jesus himself) that God shows up to plant, nourish and flourish his kingdom on earth—The Kingdom which Jesus loves to call, The Kingdom of Heaven.