Thoughts on the message
The parable of the mustard seed is my favorite parable of Jesus. Something small and insignificant becomes something big, fruitful and blesses in ways we do not expect. All because there is life inside of that tiny seed. It is not the shell, not the size, not what people see or expect. It is the presence of life that makes the difference.
The parable of the yeast. This is both wonderful and scary. It only takes something small like yeast to “infect” the whole bowl of flour. This is the impact that we can have—both for good and for evil. Be careful. Let God use us to release blessing that touches and blesses our world.
Father, we get so caught up with seeing the impact of great people. You show us here that the ability to impact our world is not based on the opportunity life gives to us. It is based on the presence of life inside us. With that life, You can do amazing things in us and through us. Father, grow this life inside me until it touches my world—all of it. Let it touch my marriage, my children, the church, our neighbors, our city and yes even this country. It is not me—it is the life inside me that matters. Release it, grow it, bless it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.