Abundant Life

“It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle


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Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”


Jesus was often speaking about the “kingdom of heaven” coming about here on Earth.

He also said that it was already here, that the kingdom of God is among you (Luke 17:21).

Many translate “among you” as “within you.”

The phrases “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of heaven” seemed to have been used interchangeably.

This is one of Jesus’ key teachings.

Each of us is to be open to this kingdom of heaven being birthed in us.

This kingdom (or compassionate realm) of heaven (or peaceful spaciousness) is within us.

All we need to do is access it.

And it’s not really a “doing” but an “allowing.”

It’s a non-doing.

Turn inward – as in going to what Jesus called your “inner room” (Matthew 6:6).

When you live from this compassionate realm of peaceful spaciousness, amazing things happen.

A tiny mustard seed secretly sprouts underground until you end up with a large plant in which the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’

Like this, you will see amazing growth and fruit in your life that will secretly bloom from your inner stillness as you attend to each moment.

You will be a vessel of compassion to others, as the mustard plants provided rest to the birds.

Note that the tiny seeds did not turn into great Redwood or Sequoia trees, but plants that can grow to between 6 and 20 feet tall.

Against the backdrop of mammoth trees, they would appear insignificant in the eyes of the world.

But to each individual, seemingly insignificant bird, the plants would unassumingly provide shelter, comfort, and rest.

This is the abundant life (John 10:10) that Jesus wanted for all.


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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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