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A Daily Devotion for January 11, Monday

Matthew 13: 31-33, Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-21

The readings all record Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. I think it is interesting people often quote these readings but insert “faith” where Jesus refers to “the kingdom of God.” Are there other passages referencing the mustard seed? The meaning to me seems a bit different. The Kingdom of God is so powerful- it is Christ dwelling within us. It can truly change the world. We can all start out with a tiny faith, and it can and will grow to something huge and powerful if we allow God to work through us. Just writing this out has led me around to seeing how the word “faith” can be used in the parable. Our faith helps the Kingdom of God to be seen on earth. If our faith is strong, people see God through us.

Lord, help me to have faith which leads others to you, to your Kingdom here on earth. May my faith grow like a huge tree, and provide shelter and comfort, not just to me, but to others who also need you. Amen

Becky, transforming

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