Big things start small. Corporate giants Microsoft and Apple began as garage businesses. But, their phenomenal growth is nothing compared to this:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." (Matthew 13.31-32)
The point to Jesus' parable is that the kingdom of heaven is destined to be the most successful project of all times. Beginning as a miniscule seed, its growth will be astounding; so great as to fill the entire world (Daniel 2.44). We who are kingdom citizens, then, are a part of the most successful venture ever.
The growth of the kingdom is not as we might imagine. It is not evidenced by a world that becomes more and more God-like and Christ-like; as if all will be just short of perfection the moment before Christ returns. Rather, it is the almost imperceptible growth through changed lives. Lost sinners becoming kingdom citizens through faith in Christ. Those partially enlightened coming to full and liberating truth, in spite of opposition, resistance and persecution. Growth in grace, love, and truth.
As citizens of the kingdom, we are part of a movement that is undermining the evil and flawed systems of the world. We are part of a peaceful revolution that will be ultimately successful, no matter how things might appear. Thus, we have every reason for full confidence and victorious living as we move ever forward to the great climax when "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." (Revelation 11.15)
©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission