Sunday 2nd May
Jesus' Kingdom starts small but grows enormous
Mark 4 (ICB)
30 Then Jesus said, “How can I show you what the kingdom of God is like? What story can I use to explain it?
31 The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. The mustard seed is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32 But when you plant this seed, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants. It produces large branches. Even the wild birds can make nests in it and be protected from the sun.”
33 Jesus used many stories like these to teach them. He taught them all that they could understand.
34 He always used stories to teach them. But when he and his followers were alone together, Jesus explained everything to them.
Do you ever find it hard that there aren't more Christians of your own age at school or church?
Do you ever find it hard to believe that God's word is really really powerful?
Well, Jesus understands. He says his kingdom can often look very small and unimpressive (like a mustard seed), but we must not lose confidence because Jesus says his kingdom will grow and grow to become absolutely enormous.
Dear heavenly Father, when Christ's kingdom seems tiny and like it doesn't matter, please remind us that you are growing your Church to make it huge. Please would we be apart of that growing kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.