Matthew 13:31—33; 44—52
Jesus presents five images as ways to understand the Kingdom of Heaven. All of them, especially the first four, have something in common. What is it? A hint: Firestarters might be included in the list.
The first two illustrations are similar: something small becomes big over time. The flowers that are delighting your summer were once seeds in the ground. Each day they were stitched from within until their leaves and petals played in the sun. The persistence of planted seeds has something to do with the Kingdom of Heaven: it grows inside of you.
The time you spend with the Word each day is as a fire-seed for what can grow within you during the day, then day after day, until your whole life is bathed in the awareness that God is reigning, protecting, covering, and directing your life. What other words and images can you discover to express what the Kingdom means to you?
This plan on Sundays follows the Lectionary Gospels. For the Firestarters and readings for everyday over the three-year cycle, see “Ebook and Paperback” in the menu options. The ebook costs only $6.00. I have it on my phone and can go right to the Firestarter for the day. It’s a marvelous daily devotional and resource for Bible Study groups. Pastors will find it an excellent resource as seeds for sermons. –Pastor Nick