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02/28/2009

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Small Beginnings


"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches" (Matt. 13: 31 & 32).

I am admittedly not too much of a gardener. Lawn grass is my best effort and I get a lot of help with that. Though I understand the "biology" of seed planting, it never ceases to amaze me as that a tiny seed turns into a very large plant. It is simply impressive. To start with the teeny-weeny mustard seed of this parable in this parable and end with a tree large enough for birds to lodge in is a testament to the wonder of God's creation.

The parable however, is not really about seeds and plants. It is about small and humble beginnings. As we see John the Baptist paving the way for Jesus, he has not come with pomp and circumstance. "John's clothes were made of camel hair, (scratch-scratch) and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey" (Matt. 3:4)

The greatest man to ever live was born in a stable and more than likely spent his early years as a carpenter. When he looked for loyal followers, he found the best of them by the sea...Humble fishermen... All of this laid the groundwork for God's kingdom here on earth....His church! Common men, uncommon results. All of them planted the seeds of truth to those around them.

We must never convince ourselves that the seed of Jesus is not powerful enough to have an effect on people today. The simplicity of the message (seed) is still "the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes" (Rom. 1:16). Even though we might think of our efforts as small we should not give up. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" ( Gal. 6:9).

The kingdom of God here on earth is to grow. We may sometimes feel that our contribution is only the size of a mustard seed, but no contribution to the cause of Jesus is insignificant. We ought never to underestimate the power of the Word (seed). We understand how the seed works...Great things can happen if we fulfill our roles to plant the seed...The reaping part is a lot of fun...

Have a great weekend. I hope that your worship to God is an uplifting one for you on His day.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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