God Is At Work!
Holy One, I can count on Your promises. You said You will be my God and will be with me always. I am glad.
Consider: "Small numbers make a difference to God. There is nothing small that God is in" (D.L. Moody, 1837-1899).
Here now are the yoked parables of the mustard seed and the leaven. It's true: big things come from small beginnings. We learned that in Sunday school. But there is more to the pulse here. Jesus seems to be addressing the agonizing doubts of those who look at him and have difficulty perceiving the kingdom. It just seems so wrong: the shocking forgiveness of a sinful woman wiping Jesus' feet with her hair, the humbling descent into the world's sin, the bare weakness of the cross--this all looks like a losing, not a victorious, Messiah.
We keep yearning in our own lives for the dramatic moment which will craft us into significance, the one majestic sacrifice we make which will define why we are here. I think of Thomas Moore in Robert Bolt's play, standing alone against Henry VIII, at his life's one definitive crossroads, saying: "I die the king's good servant, but God's first." If only my life could be that significant, I want to say. Yet look at the mustard seed and the leaven again. The truth is that kingdom life is not usually remarkable at all. Kingdom conversion and growth seem most to be the silent insinuations of Jesus into our hearts. Here Jesus comes into our lives in ways that often seem discouragingly undramatic.
And yet the seed comes, then the leaven--with a power we never imagined; and on the other side are forests and feasts. "There is nothing small that God is in."
Nothing is insignificant which God indwells. We need retrained eyes and uncynical hearts to recognize by the Spirit what seems mostly a waste of time to the world. A New Testament lies open in the back garden of a friend's house, and Augustine reads one verse. A single verse. That's enough to turn the tide and swing open the kingdom of God.
Apply: Have you been waiting for some tsunami from God before you are willing to sign on with him? Take a moment and trace the smaller insinuations of seed and leaven God has been sending which you have been blind to.
Lord Jesus, deliver me this day from despising small things. Give me kingdom eyes which pierce to the mysteries from beyond this world.