Over the next few days, I will be looking at parables that Jesus told us to explain the kingdom of God. I read these parables, and I think there are many ways to interpret them, and perhaps that is what God intended. He may have been giving us several views to His kingdom. Please read the two parables if you haven’t already.
We can look at the kingdom of God as heaven, but I believe that God defines His kingdom differently; Revelation 1:5b-6 tells us, “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father…” We can read in those verses that Jesus was building the kingdom of God with believers. We are part of the kingdom! Knowing that, we can look at these two parables differently.
In the first parable, Jesus likens the kingdom of God to a man scattering seed and letting the plants grow and then reaping the harvest. The interesting thing is that God has us scatter the seed – Jesus gave us the great commission before He left the earth when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” We can scatter the seed, but it is not up to us to make it grow, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. The person hearing the news chooses to believe or not.
The second parable is about the mustard seed that is the smallest seed that is planted and grows into a large plant. I believe that is a symbolism of how we grow when we choose to believe. As our faith in God grows, it changes our lives and we begin to bear fruit. If you do not know what fruit God wants to see in our lives, please refer to Galatians 5:22-23. If this seems familiar, it is because I wrote about it on Thursday last week. This shows how important it is to listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction through our study of God’s Word; we are not to remain stagnant in our walk, we are to grow and change and become more like God.
Are you allowing your time in the Word to change you? Are you sharing the hope that Christ gave us with others?