An Ever Increasing Kingdom

Mark 4:30-32 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I used to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”
My thoughts: The Kingdom of God is always advancing throughout the earth. While terrorism and worldwide threats make the news, there are multitudes of people turning to the Lord every year. If the Kingdom of God appears to be a mustard seed in our lives, it is probably because our relationship with Him is just as small. Because the disciples were faithful to God, they saw the increase of His Kingdom. Our faithfulness to God will determine the fruit of our ministry. If we are going to produce lasting fruit, we must have a relationship with God that lasts. Because the enemy is stubborn, we must be even more persistent in our pursuit of God. If our pursuit of God doesn’t surpass the enemy’s desire to kill, steal, and destroy, then we are not in a position to bear fruit for God. Before we see the advancement of His Kingdom in our lives personally, we must experience an emptying of ourselves. The less we have of ourselves, the more He will be evident in our lives. The mustard seed will not grow any bigger until we become something less. The less we have of ourselves, the more we can give to others. This is not about how much we can gain, but about the amount we give. God is not confined to a church building, but wants us to branch out into the spiritually deprived world. He is singling out people who are willing to reach out into their communities with the Gospel message and the miracles that confirm it! When we stand before God on judgment day, He definitely isn’t going to say “I wish you would have given less.” We have nothing to lose. Also, we shouldn’t be discouraged if we don’t see immediate results. Immediate results don’t dictate the fruitfulness of our ministry. Immediate results are a reflection of God’s perfect timing. If our identity is in the “fruit” we bear and not the One who produces it, then we are looking to build up our self image, and not reflect His. Every one of us have been given ministry ground. If we are faithful with little, God will make us faithful with much. An ever increasing Kingdom requires ever decreasing people. Together, let’s partner with God for the advancing of His Kingdom. 

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