Lenten Daily Devotion Day 3: John 17: 9-19 (from Daily Common Lectionary)
Text: And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world. (v. 11)
The world is a big place. It is an overwhelming place. The world’s problems are exponentially compounded by people, by you and me.
In His life Jesus showed those who would take Him seriously a new Way, a way illuminated by the lantern of Truth. This Truth would in turn lead to a Life that knows no end.
He expected us to sow the tiny “mustard seeds” of God’s Kingdom each and every day of our lives. He didn’t ask for full-grown highly developed programs because He knew better. Just a mustard seed or two.
When Jesus saw the crowd of 5000 in search of Truth and Meaning, he asked of the disciples no more than what they could provide. He asks the same of us.
In the season of Lent many people talk about what they’re giving up. I think that that is too easy. Besides, usually it’s things that we should give up anyway, or at least cut back on: coffee, chocolate, maybe a lunch or two–you get the point.
Maybe we shouldn’t give things up but give things to–time to the irritating person who just wants someone to listen, comfort to the frightened, help to the person who doesn’t know how to ask for help. Maybe it’s deciding to being on time, writing a note or card a day to people on your Christmas list. It could be buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you. Just do an act of kindness without wanting or expecting anything in return.
The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, Jesus once said. It begins small but grows into something beyond imagination.
Jesus isn’t here anymore, except as He is reflected in the lives of those who call Him Lord.
The world is big. We are small. We have a lot of work to do. Let’s get to it, for the glory of God.
Lord, move my spirit in this season of Lent to plant the mustard seeds of God’s Kingdom in this big world. Amen