Kingdom of God: small, patient, hidden
Kingdom of God plc
What corporate logo?
What 5 year strategy?
What tell shareholders?
What does Jesus offer?
1. Ludicrously profligate/ wasteful - sower
Throw away resources willy-nilly
We won’t be careful with our assets
2. Ludicrously patient - tares
5 year plan?
25 year plan?
250 year plan?
3. Ludicrously small – mustard seed/ yeast
No corporate image.
No listing in the business directory or yellow pages...
But is it so foolish?
1. Ludicrously profligate
But with limitless resources...
Look after the pennies... cf Bill Gates
Generous heart of God
2. Ludicrous patience
Don’t mistake it for apathy
Cf my bedroom walls
Why wouldn’t God be patient?
Patience of eternity
Why don’t you... à ‘I have it in hand.’
3. Ludicrous smallness
But incredible power
Cf children’s game – mummy , are you afraid of something this big? Yes – virus...
4. Rotten business plan?
Yield of the sower
Final judgment/ vindication
Tree/ risen bread
Rotten business plan? - perhaps not
A lot about response to the KoG
1. Because it’s easy to overlook
Cf home crowd
Cf prophecy at the beginning
Little faithà few miracles
Deaf. Blind à little revelation
2. Parable of the sower
Seed on the path
Seed among thistles
Seed in shallow ground
Only some seed à good harvest
3. Treasure/ pearl
Ludicrous KoG calls for a ludicrous response from us
Phil 3:7-8 ‘Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.’
But I prefer the parable of the pearl:
‘The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value he sent away and sold everything he had and bought it.’
What signs of the Kingdom of God are going on right under our noses that we should be attentive to?
If Jesus were incarnated today instead of two thousand years ago, how would he be spreading the word? How might the answer to that question shape our outreach?
How precious is the Kingdom of God to me? Does it evoke ludicrous desire?