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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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In Mark 4 we read four parables. Each one illustrates an important principal of God’s kingdom, which is growth.  In the parable of the sower it states that the seed that fell on good soil “came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times” (verse 8). The parable of the lamp includes these observations: “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more. . .” (verses 24-25).

In the remaining parables the focus is also on growth. Seed that is scattered grows in stages until it is ripe. The kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed that “grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade” (verse 32). 

In Matthew 9:37-38 it records Jesus’ plea to increase the workers (His witnesses) so that the seed of His gospel could be spread to all those who need to know Him: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” 

Several years ago I asked the head of the Adventist work in Peru what the church was doing with new converts.  I knew there were not enough church buildings or ministers to serve them. “It is simple,” he said. “When someone is baptized, we ask them to go and find twenty more who need to know Jesus.”  This is exactly what Jesus urged us to do.  He pointed out that “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world” (Matthew 24:14), and He commissioned us to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). 

Let us resolve to help grow God’s kingdom by using every opportunity to share the gospel with others.

 

David Smith

Senior Pastor, University Church

Collegedale, Tennessee