Today is our first Scripture Sunday, where I will break down a message in hopes to make it a quick read and easy to apply. Today’s message is one of hope and inspiration.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. Mark 4:30-34
Jeff and I were driving home from a family visit today. It was 65 degrees out, a beautiful spring-like day. I love traveling the country roads of our youth. We have memories at most every corner. We saw farmers preparing to work their land and I felt respect for the immense responsibility they have for their livelihood.
Along with this responsibility comes so much uncertainty, like the weather for one. They need to break up and prepare the soil, they need to plant the ‘right’ seeds, they must keep the weeds out, irrigate and water, and then finally weather permitting they reap.
The parable of the mustard seed in Mark 4:30-34 references God’s Kingdom as so small (a mustard seed), which it was at that time, very few knowing of Christ or the kingdom. But Christ is encouraging the disciples as they would be working to spread this faith throughout the land.
This verse convicts me and gives me hope! First I hope it inspires us to do our part. To prepare the hearts, minds, and souls of those we may affect (our children, our neighbors, the stranger who listens). We should water (serve) the thirsty as a way to reach those who are once removed from our path and from the ‘river of life’. We can prepare the soil (get to church, listen to some praise music, find podcasts, read the Word) so we are ready to hear and feel God working in us. We then plant (let the good news sit ‘right’ in our soul), and then like it is our livelihood we weed (giving darkness no room to choke out our life and growth in the Kingdome of God). By this, WE help spread Christianity throughout the land.
Our conviction pleases the Lord but we may also wait patiently, in peace, regardless of any storms or seasons that attempt to wipe away our hard work. Our works can make life here better but our peace comes from knowing that even the birds who did not help were invited and graced with entry into the kingdom.
Today be convicted to do your part, teach your children, love your neighbors, and give to those in need. Then with faith and praises take comfort in your place in the kingdom of God.
Faith Infused Living… Reaching Goals Higher
-Niccie Kliegl CLC, RN
Author of Awaking the Living Legacy