Well, today we will be discussing the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the growth of the Kingdom of God. In my previous blog posts, I discussed Building a foundation on Jesus Christ, what was the foundation (the soil) of your heart, and the tares that are planted to destroy and uproot the wheat of the field; but today, I will be discussing the mustard seed and how; when sown into the ground becomes the tree of God’s Kingdom in Matthew 13:31-32.
“31. Another parable He put forth to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32. which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”Read More »
Well, as human beings; we are told that “fear is an illusion” or “fear is just our mind’s perception”, but as Christians, we know that fear is not of God, but of the enemy as said in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” with the so-called “Spirit of Fear” being Satan’s way of counteracting our trust and faith in Christ. Although we as human beings think that we can overcome fear with a man-made solution, there is no man-made solution to an internal struggle. The only way that we as people and Christians can conquer fear is by putting our trust in God first and letting His Word strengthen and encourage us to fight our fear.
1 John 4:18-19
“18.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19. We love Him because He first loved us.”
Are you the wheat or the tare sown into the good soil?
According to Webster’s dictionary; a tare is “An undesirable or bad element that endangers the well-being of what is good and beneficial.” If a tare is undesirable and endangers the well-being of what is good; what does that say about our relationships with people or our relationship with God.
If you look in your Bible, you will see that the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares comes right after the Parable of the Soils (see Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23) and I like how Jesus; in my opinion ties the parable together. In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we will see how Jesus compares people to either the wheat or the tares.
If you have not read ( Part 1 and Part 2) of this series, you may check those out before continuing with the blog post.
“24. Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25. but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheatand went his way. 26. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?
28. He said to them, “An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29. But he said to them, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”Read More »
What will it cost you to become Christ’s disciple?
Well, the word disciple means “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as [a] Christianity”. However, being a disciple doesn’t just mean spreading the good news of God’s Word, but also knowing that by choosing to follow Christ; there will be trials that you will face and you will be ridiculed because of your belief in Christ. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus has repeatedly mentioned and discussed the costs that come with being His disciple. In Luke 14:33, Jesus talks about what happens if we don’t give up all we have to be His disciple.
“33. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple”
In the beginning of this series, I talked about how Jesus was referencing the “house” as us; the people and Christians who are called to be the “temples” of the Holy Spirit and how if we don’t have Christ as our foundation then we will be like the “FOOLISH” builder who built his house on the sand and was swept away by the rain, floods, and storms.
Today, I will be expanding on the topic of foundation with the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23 where the four soils represent us as human beings and the mindsets of our hearts.