Stuff to take away from the Mustard Seed and Leaven looked a bit like this, in a brazil nutshell:
- We Must See Ourselves in the Story: We can respond to these parables by thinking 'yes, our work here is like a small seed and I long for days of power.' But, this is the wrong way to respond. The Bible is a story and the right way to respond is to see that it has and is being fulfilled around the world in an amazing way over the last 2000 years.
- We Must Have Confidence in God Alone: These parables warn us against (i) despondency (ii) headless-chicken activism. The power of God is the power of the Kingdom. Where the authentic Kingdom is, it will grow, even in the face of rejection. Faith is the attitude, authentic Kingdom life and work is the response: in love, hope, joy and proclamation.
- We Must Understand the End of the Story: The Kingdom will triumph. An inclusive salvation awaits; the Kingdom gives shelter to all. A holistic salvation awaits; pre-figured by the healing of the woman. Our proclamation should reflect these things.
- Are we in the Kingdom? Luke follows his account with Jesus' pleading with the people to enter into the Kingdom before their opportunity passes.