Noble And Abundant
Shine your light into my heart, Lord. May Your light produce the generous desire to share Your blessing with others.
Read Mark 4:21–34
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“To know God in the Scriptures always goes beyond information to intimacy” (Erwin Raphael McManus).
Jesus’ word shines a light into the mysteries of God that had been “kept hidden for ages and generations” (Col. 1:26). Jesus sows the word into his hearers’ minds and, like a seed germinating underground, its growth is at present hidden. Jesus knows for certain that his word will produce kingdom growth where the soil is good. Kingdom growth is abundant and glorious, but it is beyond human skill and it is beyond human understanding: it is the work of God. Kingdom growth exceeds human expectations, like a tiny mustard seed becoming the largest plant in the garden, a miracle of creation. Jesus’ hearers—even his disciples—may doubt what will come of Jesus’ ministry, but Jesus knows that the kingdom is taking root among them. In Mark 3, we read that the crowds could not understand the message. Here we read that Jesus taught the crowds “as much as they could understand” (33). It seems that the more time the crowds spend with Jesus, the more they take in. Those with “ears to hear” (23) are challenged over and over again to respond, because they will be held accountable for how they respond (24,25). Jesus’ teaching echoes Proverbs 11:24: “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Jesus, however, is concerned about wealth and poverty in the kingdom of God rather than earthly riches. The word is being sown now but, when the harvest of the kingdom is eventually gathered up (29), it will be obvious who has received the word but produced nothing (25): these people will lose everything. Those who do respond to the Word of God, however, will not only produce fruit now, they will also be given the fullest measure of God’s eternal blessings (24,25).
We must let the Word of God germinate in our heart and mind so it can produce growth and fruit. How has God spoken to you today and how will you respond?
Mighty Father, You are unlimited, unbound and unpredictable. Inspire and guide me, illuminate Your Word to me.
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