4/3/22 Life Giving Power of the Kingdom of God (Mark 4:21-34)
There is life in God’s Kingdom. We cannot see it but we can see it in one another. The power of life in Jesus Christ is in all of us. God didn’t just raise us to be a church but to use us to save this generation. God has prepared hidden disciples in the whole world for us. We misunderstand that church is all about its size, and that we always need more people, but God only uses the few he’s chosen who have his covenant. God has chosen us to save our generation.
There are three parables in the scripture regarding the kingdom of God.
1.The Light of Christ
And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” (21-23)
The lamp is not just any lamp but is the lamp, which is Christ. Christ needs to be in a prominent place to shine its light. For many people, Christ is just in their head, but Christ must be the center of our hearts as our master. That’s when we can experience answers and miracles. Many, however, don’t want to shine the light of Christ in their hearts, because the light exposes what they don’t want revealed. If there is still any darkness in your heart, pray to shine the light of Christ on it. When we can shine the light to expose the darkness, we can see how Satan is working and chase him away. Satan deceives the believers into disbelief and doubt, thinking they are comfortable in the darkness, or that God couldn’t possibly use them. All of our problems have been resolved in Christ, and therefore, there is no need for us to stay in the darkness anymore.
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has. More will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (24-25)
Jesus tells us whatever skills, talents or resources God gives us, we need to use it for the Kingdom of God, and God will add more, but when we don’t use it for the kingdom of God, they will all be taken away. Whatever gift we have, it is our masterpiece.
2. Power of the Seed
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear, But when the grain is ript, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (26-29)
The second parable of the kingdom of God is about a seed. The seed’s power of life is invisible to our eyes but the small seeds become a great harvest. The farmer doesn’t know how. In that same way, the Kingdom of God has the hidden power of growing and multiplying without us knowing how. God is in complete control of the growth and harvest of evangelism, not us. As children of God, we have the seed of God in us, and although we cannot see it, it is absolutely growing and will bear fruit.
3. The Everlasting Kingdom of God
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” (30-32)
God, who began this evangelism movement, will absolutely finish it. The everlasting kingdom is the smallest seed but will grow bigger than any other tree, and become shelter for all the birds. Nothing is a waste of time, but in due time, everything will fall into place. God will use the Spring of Life Church and each of us for world evangelism.
Let’s start anew. Enjoy the light of Jesus Christ, and let it shine in you and on the darkness in yourself. Hold on to the daily messages and stand before God. God has brought us together at a critical time, and we are the hope of the world. Let’s come out from the darkness and anticipate with joy and excitement all that God will do.