Friday, October 14
Matthew 13:31-35 NASB
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”
A new sphere of living—“enter into the kingdom of heaven.” You pass out of the sphere of the kingdom of self and enter the sphere of he Kingdom of God. You change worlds. There is a difference of heaven and hell between those two worlds. Here in this new sphere of living you and God work out life together. You supply willingness and he supplies power. Life is no longer on the unit principle—it is a cooperative affair—you and God in partnership, with God the senior partner and managing director. The lonely, orphaned striving is gone, and now a sense of being together with the One who has all the answers takes possession of you. You feel you belong and belong to Adequacy.
E. Stanley Jones, How to be a Transformed Person.