Jesus used metaphors to describe the Kingdom of God, or in Matthew’s term the Kingdom of Heaven. As he told his disciples, the kingdom of heaven is like:
- Seed planted in good soil, yielding abundant crop.
- Grain remaining after the weeds are destroyed.
- Tiny mustard seed that grows into a large plant and provides a nesting place for birds.
- Yeast that leavens the loaf.
- Treasure hidden in a field purchased at a great price.
- Very precious pearl acquired by selling all other possessions to be able to buy it.
- Good fish in a net separated from the bad ones (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-50).
And so God’s kingdom is valuable to us as the habitation of our daily life.
Howard W. Hallman is author of Living in God’s Kingdom: Here and Now, available from Amazon.