Growth



Scripture: Mark 4: 26-34
January 30, 2015

Consider a mustard seed.  When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all the seeds on the earth; but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all vegetable plants. Mark 4:31

The mustard shrub in the Ancient Near East was an invasive weed.  Farmers would never welcome it into their fields and surely wouldn’t plant it.  And I so I image that the original audience had some thinking to do before they could really hear what Jesus was trying to teach them.  Once you get beyond the absurdity of the whole set up, you begin to realize that what Jesus is teaching us is that the Kingdom of God is absurd to those who don’t understand it.
And not only that, but it is invasive and grows where it isn’t planted.  The same happens with God’s word.  It might start out quiet small within you but God can make it grow exponentially.
What small thing in your life is God giving growth to?  Think about what it needs in order to grow, how it needs to be cared for, and all of the potential that lies in that one small thing. 
Prayer:  God you are the Great Gardener and Creator.  I praise you for the growth of your word in my life.  May it grow and flourish in unexpected ways.  Amen.

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