And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade. - (Mark 4:30–32)

When you look around you, it seems like everyone has an agenda. People have plans, programs, things they want to accomplish, and specific ways they want to accomplish them. They make lists, set goals, and try to reach them. Maybe you’ve got your own agenda as well. God is no stranger to agendas.

In fact, He has an agenda, too; something He wants to accomplish in His way. Scripture calls this agenda God’s kingdom. The kingdom of God is the alternative to the kingdom of this world. An “alternative” simply means that it is another way; there is another idea on the table. As God’s people, we are not limited by the choices this world offers us. God has an alternative plan for us—called His kingdom agenda.

In the same way that our culture and our country want us to be regularly reminded about our citizenship in this kingdom called America, there is another kingdom—a greater and more perfect kingdom—of which we are a part. It is the kingdom of God.

Reflection: What are the three most important items on your life agenda? What do these agenda items say about your life priorities? What place do kingdom values have in your priorities?

Father, reveal to me the majesty and magnitude of Your kingdom, of which I am a part. Cause me to know both my place and position, and use me within it for the good of others and Your glory.

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