The Kingdom of God is like something illegal.
Originally posted on My Name is Mission:
Yesterday, we thought a bit about the idea of sharing our first and second harvest with our neighbors. We compared the stories of the fish and the loaves with the idea of an ongoing harvest for our communities here in the Lehigh Valley and in Northeast Pennsylvania.
The day before, we reflected on the idea of God as a gardener, of nature as God’s garden of delight, and wondered how we might be changed by thinking of the world this way. What are we sewing? What ought we tend?
Prompted by both posts and by something I heard Dwight Friesen say, I’m thinking today about the parable of the mustard seed in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, tiny and insignificant when held in the hypothetical, quick-spreading, invasive, and big when its latent energy moves from potential to kinesis.