Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 December 2010 Mark 4:30

Mark 4:30.     And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
 
Happy Christmas Tuesday Friends! Oh yes, it’s still Christmas! In fact it should always be Christmas. Why? The Christmas spirit should prevail year round because we’re so joyful and happy that Jesus came to earth and bought us salvation and eternal life, that peace, joy and goodwill to all men would be a natural outgrowth of that positive emotion. Okay, so it’s a bit much to ask, but why dream small, when big dreams are so much more enjoyable and profitable eh? (smile) Oh Friends, the peace joy and goodwill of the season is till with us. Please pray that it doesn’t return to the old cutthroat, backstabbing, resentful, angry mode too soon, because we all know that it eventually will. To counteract that attitude though, we need to incorporate our Bit into the lives of as many people as possible. It’s jesus telling the parable of the mustard seed. ‘And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison (parable) shall we compare (picture) it?’ And that’s a very good question my people! But as always, Jesus provides an answer. And if anybody should know, it’s Him. ‘It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less (smaller) than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air (birds) may lodge under the shadow (shade) of it.’ (Mark 4:31-32) Yes Friends, Jesus in His wisdom stuck with the agrarian comparisons because that’s what His listeners best understood. So He takes one of the smallest seeds on earth, the mustard seed, and paints the picture of it being planted, in rich, fertile soil now. Then when it grows, it becomes bigger than all the other herb trees which had larger seeds. In fact it’s so large, having great branches, that it provides a perch of shade, rest and comfort for the birds. Wow! Yes my people, that is how Jesus saw His kingdom being built. Though what He was doing at the time, preaching the message of salvation, seemed insignificant and not making much headway, He dreamed that it would eventually be promoted and promulgated till it encompassed the entire earth and all its inhabitants, providing both material and spiritual sustenance for all who took shade under it’s wide umbrella. Now that’s what you call a worthwhile and purposeful dream, my Friends! But to tell the truth, that’s the same way most things are built; starting small, from the ground up, putting down strong foundations, so that the resultant large edifice will not sink or topple over, because it’s well grounded. Each believer is also supposed to be like a grain of mustard seed. Whatever ministry God calls us to perform in His Name, we’ve got to plant it in fertile soil, then nourish and nurture it with His ever present help, and add it to the worldwide movement. Each of is is like a branch of the beautiful vine called Jesus, and we need to be fruitful and multiply so that we can increase the kingdom and make Jesus’ dream come true. However my people, we can only do that by staying in God’s good grace, by being obedient to His will, otherwise our ministry won’t flourish, and it will be eventually cut off the vine and burnt like trash. Now I doubt that any serious believer wants that to happen to them, so let’s all get out into the cruel and evil world and sow some good seed in some fertile ground. And the only way to truly do that is by LOVING our God, LIVING our Faith, and SPREADING  the Word. Now please note that ALL three conditions are necessary to fulfill the job. And we’ll end with some scriptures that show some serious ministry and kingdom building in the Chruch’s early days. And the most obvious one is Peter’s address to the people at Pentecost, after the apostles received the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘And with many other words did he tetify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward (crooked) generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about thre thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.’ (Acts 2:40-42) Note too Friends, the most important thing in those verses is not so much that many people believed, but afterwards they continued believing and followed the dictates of the gospel. The quest is not for fly-by-night believers, but for eternal souls. Then there’s the time John and Peter were preaching in the temple, which caused them to be later imprisoned, but nonetheless the Good Book states: ‘Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of men was about five thousand.’ (Acts.4:4) Furthermore, during the apostles sojourn in Jerusalem they did so many signs and wonders amongst the people that all those afflicted with a malady flocked to the temple and its environs hoping to get healed. ‘And believers were the more (increasingly) added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.’ (Acts 5:14) And the last passage concerns Bruh Paul’s ministry in Ephesus. The Good Book proudly proclaims: ‘So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.’ (Acts 19:20) Oh Friends, the job of growing Jesus’ kingdom like a flourishing mustard tree is now ours. Have we embraced that duty with all our hearts, minds and souls? If not, then we should begin NOW! And if we have, let’s up the ante, because our world is on the brink of a truly violent and war-like period, and it’s only the far reaching tentacles of the Word that can ever bring it back from the disaster it’s currently courting. MuchLOVE!…for the children’s sake…let’s turn our world around…using the LOVE of Jesus…
 

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