Day 23 -The growth of the Kingdom of God

DAY 23
The growth of the Kingdom of God

And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
Luke 13:20-21

Jesus has likened the Kingdom of God like leaven or yeast, hidden in a lump of dough. The center feature of this metaphor is that the Kingdom of God always starts small, and the inevitable outcome will be growth – grow to influence the whole sphere.

I learnt from my Priest Warden that the best temperature for yeast to grow most efficiently is the temperature of a human body. Likewise, the Kingdom of God is like leaven. It grows most efficiently in man and woman who will open their hearts to the King of the Kingdom of God, Jesus. The presence of the Kingdom of God is first to take root in a person’s heart. It then will pass on to the next person, and to the next, and the next…

The Kingdom of God is not a physical organization, a structure. These only give expression to the substance of the Kingdom. It is not about a set of “do’s and don’ts”. Far from it, it is about transformed lives from the inside out, not changed behavior from the outside in. Therefore, the Kingdom of God surpasses any political boundaries and human institutions. It is about a community of transformed lives, transformed by the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing transformation to society.

When individuals who have encountered God are spread out over the society, placed on the 7 mountains of culture shaper, or the 5 sphere of influence in society, whichever you prefer, then the values of the Kingdom of God will permeate into all our lives. We will then see God’s rule and reign, justice and righteousness, compassion and mercy, translate into our daily living.

So, the preaching of the Kingdom of God is a non negotiable essential if we want to see change for the better for our nation and a future full of hope for our next generation. Choose to live a “Kingdom life” today, intentionally putting King Jesus first in our lives, we will surely see the redemption of God coming to us!

Intercede for the mission and ministry of the church to grow like leaven. Pray that God’s Kingdom will continue to expand, and lives continue to be transformed.