Friday, January 29, 2016

What can we learn from today's gospel reading: Mark 4:26-32

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

He said, “To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

So what can we learn from these parables? How about these things:

1. Our walk with God starts small, we only get a glimpse of its potential when we start pursuing it. 

2. But it eventually provides great benefits, benefits that are exponentially greater than the first step that started the process.

3. Those benefits accrue not only to the planter, but also to many others.  

4. Those benefits likely include things that were not anticipated at the outset.

5. Our relationship with God grows over time, in stages.

6. God controls and provides what is needed for that growth, we simply have to take it in and actively use it.

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