Jesus spoke extensively about the kingdom of God through parables so that those who were seeking would have understanding. Let’s seek with the Spirit through meditation on the kingdom of God.
Our Verse of the Week
“(The kingdom of God) is like leaven that a woman took and mixed into fifty pounds of flour until all of it was leavened.” –JesusLuke 13:21
The kingdom of God has some ambiguity to it. What is it? Where is it? Who is it? Most of all … when is it?
I hesitated writing about this because it could easily turn into a theological debate, or an extended essay. There’s disagreement over the nuances of the kingdom of God. And there’s disagreement over whether the kingdom of heaven (as used in Matthew) and the kingdom of God are the same thing or not.
But … our goal is to meditate on what this scripture says and allow the Spirit to guide us. The kingdom of God must be an important, and complex concept because Jesus gives us many, many parables describing what the kingdom is: a sower, a mustard seed, leaven, treasure, a pearl, a net … to name a few. It’s our birthright as believers and vital to our understanding of who we are in Christ.
Many people feel that when Jesus talks about the kingdom of God he’s referring to the spiritual kingdom that we’re a part of now as followers of Christ and that will physically manifest on earth when Jesus comes again. That’s how I approach our meditation this week, but I’d love to hear other opinions.
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
The kingdom of God: Father, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Your reign is now and here. Thank you for adopting me and cherishing me. Help me see where your kingdom is active and growing, and where it hasn’t reached yet.
is like leaven: Your kingdom is the transformation the world needs … what my heart needs. It grows and expands from a small seed. It loves and raises up the downtrodden. It brings air and life to a flat and crushing world … to a deflated spirit.
that a woman took: Your kingdom needs people. Your kingdom relies on us to take it and make something with is. Your kingdom needs me. Lord, show me how to take the leaven you offer and work it into the world around me. Show me how to take it into my heart to grow there.
and mixed: The kingdom needs to be in contact with the rest of the world, and also with all of me. It must be mixed in order to grow and expand. We cannot take the levean and put it away. It’s not only about accepting our role in the kingdom, it’s about working within our role to expand the kingdom. And allowing your reign to move through every part of my life.
into fifty pounds of flour: Your mysterious power can grow exponentially into a large area. Just as a bit of leaven can affect fifty pounds of flour; our work in your kingdom, with the power of the Spirit, multiplies and affects more lives than we’re capable of touching on our own.
until all of it was leavened: We must continue to mix until we’ve saturated the culture with your love and truth. We must not leave hard spots to fend for themselves. All of the world needs to encounter the people of the kingdom of God. It will rise when we put aside envy, greed, malice, quarrels, deceit, gossip, slander, arrogance, pride, and disobedience. It will rise when we love you with all our hearts, and love others before ourselves.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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Kingdom of heaven
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