Luke 13:18-19: “Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.’”

Rules are made to be broken – this is one way to describe the human experience. Ironically we have come up with more and more rules and regulations to counteract lawlessness; all the while crime is on the rise. This goes to show that rules can only be a temporary fix since they will not change people.

Our technological advancements have linked us globally like never before. We can communicate with countries on the other side of the world in a moment’s notice. We are sending satellite signals out into space to invite alien life forms to communicate with us. Despite our sophisticated means of communication, our failure to communicate is sobering reality. The world continues to erupt in ongoing wars. Have you ever wondered why?

I strongly believe that peace is really God’s business. God has mapped out a peaceful society for the future.  This society will not be based on rules but will be rooted in Jesus the Messiah. The deeper meaning of His title “Prince of Peace” is expressed in His ability to put an end to any kind of war.

No more killing, no more violence – does this sound like a Utopian society to you? – Actually, Utopia is in the making, namely in the human heart. The seed of faith is planted inside of us when we hear and accept what the Holy Spirit instills into our hearts. On a personal level, my experience with the Holy Spirit is a progressive conversation revealing bit by bit who God is.

Jesus talked about the kingdom of God in terms of small beginnings that would grow into something greater, such as small mustard seeds turning into trees; little yeast bacteria permeating an entire lump of dough. Seeds of faith are being planted as we speak and the yeast of the gospel is permeating human societies all around the world.

Like a mustard seed germinates and grows into a big tree, this is how our understanding grows.  The tree growing from God’s seed is not the tree of knowledge – we already ate from that tree, and knowledge has not brought about world peace – the tree coming from God’s seed is the tree of understanding, which binds us together and makes us one.

My heart is known to you