One of my favorite kingdom verses is Matthew 11:12 Jesus said, "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it."
I really like what the preacher said Wednesday about all these 'kingdom' parables. He said that they explain what life in the kingdom of heaven was really supposed to be like. Jesus wanted us to visualize it and live it. I've also heard someone ask, "How can you bring a little bit of heaven to earth?" If we apply these kingdom parables to our lives, it is like living with a little heaven here on earth.
Matthew 13:31 The Mustard Seed
*a man took a mustard seed and planted it in his field
*a man took his small amount of faith and began tending it with knowledge
*Even though it is very small, when it grows, it can become the largest of garden plants
*Even though it is small, when it is added to with knowledge and belief, it grows very large
*It becomes a tree
*It becomes something others can see with roots that needs water, sun, weeding and pruning
*birds of the air come and perch in its branches
*other people can benefit from seeing your faith and grow because of you
The parable about the yeast is similar: The kingdom of heaven is like yeast mixed into a large amount of flour.
*yeast is mixed into a large amount of four
*faith is seen by many people
*it worked all through out the dough
*the faith spread to all the people the woman came in contact with
If you take a serious look at how you display your faith to others, what will you find? Will others see your positive attitude? Will others say, "She never says a bad thing about anyone...ever"? Can others say you are gentle, kind, studious? On the flip side: do people see your negative attitude? Do they hear your gripes and complaints all the time? Do they know you are harsh with others, and rash in your decisions?
Apply the Word to your life so a little bit of heaven can be experienced on earth. It will also grow the kingdom on earth for heaven.