Start small but dream big!
WE are so caught up in this election but I want to encourage you that there is something more important than this election, a more important power shift than president, and Jesus talked about it
Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
The whole time Jesus walked the earth His mind was set on the Kingdom, the people loved to hear about the Kingdom.
Here is the prophesy about Jesus beginning.
Like a young plant or a root that sprouts in dry ground, the servant grew up obeying the Lord. He wasn’t some handsome king. Nothing about the way he looked made him attractive to us.
God loves to take small insignificant things or moments and turn them into something powerful.
– That chance meeting,
– a short conversation,
– a word of encouragement.
, God can take people the world looks at as insignificant and turn them into something amazing
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon the greatest theologian and preacher in England in the 19th century was rejected by Regents college as not being someone of value for ministry.
– Walt Disney was fired from a local newspaper for not having an adequate imagination.
– Michael Jordan was cut from his High school basketball team
BTW both men claim faith in Christ.
This is part of the purpose of this parable to show that God can take the most insignificant event, or most insignificant person and make it or them, something amazing in the Kingdom.
Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
A child is innocent, trusting and obedient to the Father
But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.
The servant isn’t worried about accolades, the servant sees a need and meets it but God sees the heart and the need being met
The mustard seed like a child is small and insignificant but the only way to be effective in the Kingdom is to recognize your greatness only through Him.
Paul said this about the early church
1 Corinthians 1:26-30
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
It’s not that God can use the powerful or wealthy but they are a rare breed who can humble themselves to serve the Body of Christ and the Lord
Romans 8:28 says
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
It is not we, ourselves, that cause the growth but when we are submitted to God serving Him He cause all things to work together for good
What are you dreams today?
You have placed yourself into the greatest Kingdom ever and your dreams are only limited to what God can do
120 people changed the world.
Our nation was founded on the principles of Jesus
This great tree is not only to be a blessing to you, but to reach the world.
Jesus uses this to further emphasize and reflect, the prophetic word that Ezekiel gave in chapter 17: 22,23
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take a branch from the top of a tall cedar, and I will plant it on the top of Israel’s highest mountain. 23 It will become a majestic cedar, sending forth its branches and producing seed. Birds of every sort will nest in it, finding shelter in the shade of its branches.
Our walking and living in the kingdom by Kingdom principles will enable:
- Insignificant events and people to become significant
- Us to allow God to do amazing work through us
- Great dreams to be created and fulfilled, things we could not do in ourselves
- As we see in Ezekiel vision that Jesus was pointing to, the birds are other nations, other people, people outside our comfort zones that will be impacted by our walking in Kingdom principles
What are those principles?
- Become as a child, innocent trusting surrendering to the love and authority of the Father
- Want to be great become a better servant of God, see a need meet the need