25 Oct 2016
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God?” Well, the Kingdom is like many things. But, from Scripture today we can say that it’s like anything which provides rest and peace in a messy world. And so, the Kingdom is like a swing on the porch, where neighbors are welcome to stop by and take a load off. Or the Kingdom is like a word of reassurance that gives comfort to a troubled person. The Kingdom is like being a good neighbor.
And we also hear that the Kingdom is like yeast in a loaf of bread. The Kingdom is like anything which serves to build people up; the Kingdom is constructive. And so, the Kingdom is like fertilizer; sometimes it’s smelly, but it’s always spread around for a good purpose. Or the Kingdom is like reconciliation and forgiveness. The Kingdom is like being a loving Christian.
The tools of the Kingdom are given to everyone—man and woman alike, as Jesus points out. We all have the capacity to spread the Kingdom; to be a good neighbor, to be a loving Christian. We also have the capacity to undercut the Kingdom; to incite clamor where there should be peace, to be destructive where there should be construction.
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God?” Well, hopefully, we can each compare our lives to the Kingdom of God. May what we say and do give others rest, and build others up. May our everyday lives be a reflection of the Kingdom we hope for.