Day Three Hundred Two, Matt. 13, Mark 4
Today's reading includes a series of parables as Jesus tries to describe what the kingdom of heaven is like. I won't go over each of them, but I thought it interesting how many of them were metaphors that included seeds and sowing, scattering and growing. And one of the overarching points that I take away from a couple of these is that God is the one who brings growth in His kingdom. For "a man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." And "though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
Also, there are the parables of the hidden treasure/pearl of great price:
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."
It's hard to miss the message there...the kingdom of heaven, and having your place within it, is worth everything you've got.
The question is, are you willing to give it everything you've got?