I recently caught something in a parable of Jesus I never noticed before. The Lord asks a question “what is the kingdom of God like?” Then, he answers it himself in Luke 13:19 with this; “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree; and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
I never noticed before that the man threw the seed into “his own garden.” Wouldn’t that mean our own life? It seems like Jesus is saying that the kingdom of God is prolific. Activate it – throw the seed into your own garden – and it ends up being a big and prosperous tree in your own life. Not only that, the tree will be useful to others – the birds can come and nest in it.
If we keep reading further, Jesus next compares the kingdom of God to leaven in three pecks of meal. The idea here is that it gets into everything. It permeates the dough. We are not just a follower of Jesus on Sunday morning or while saying nighttime prayers with our children. God’s kingdom affects everything we do and how we see everything.
Being a kingdom person should cause our life to be a place others can use to come and rest. It should be the biggest tree in our garden. It should take over everything till there is no room for anything else! How much kingdom seed have you planted lately?