not a club

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devotional post # 1,993

Luke 13:18-21

Luk 13: 18 So Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it?
Luk 13: 19 It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.”
Luk 13: 20 Again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God?
Luk 13: 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”

not a club

Jesus had just encountered the opposition of those who thought of the kingdom of God as a religious club, which you had to be initiated into, and obey strict rules of membership, like Sabbath keeping. Jesus responded by these two parables, which portray the kingdom not as a club you join, but as something that gets inside and changes you. The mustard seed slowly and permanently changes the shape of the entire garden. The yeast slowly and permanently changes the loaves of bread.

The kingdom of God can be joined, but once that happens, it changes the members. Once the gospel of grace sets you free, you are free to become the amazing person God wants you to be.

LORD, we accept the freedom you offer. Here we are, Change us into who we were meant to be.

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