Mark 4:26-27 Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
Why does a seed grow? Many people have studied this, they know the sort of things that prevent growth. They know a seed needs sun, and rain and air. They know it gathers nutrients from the soil. Science might be tempted to say that these are the things that create growth – but when you plant a rock, it doesn’t grow. What is it that makes things grow?
Why do some things grow faster than others? Why does some corn take 90 days and others 120 days? Isn’t corn, just corn? Why is it that small seeds grow bigger than big seeds? If I plant a potato and an acorn, which will grow bigger? Why is it so?
If we can’t explain the things we see, the things which are at the center of our lives, it is perhaps not surprising that we cannot explain the Kingdom of God. Not as adults, its not that hard for a child – a child knows that the kingdom of God grows because it is God’s Kingdom, God makes it grow. And that is why we often speak of child like faith, it doesn’t question, it just believes.
So, what is happening at Zion? Why aren’t we growing like other churches? But that’s not the real question – I understand that some are asking another question – how long will we remain? Its something that I often see in the nursing homes – believing that the time is short, they wait - and waiting is not easy, it is frustrating. And so I tell them, it is important each day to look to God and ask him, what would you have me do with this day you have given me? I tell them that each day is a gift from God, and each day God has a special thing for you to do.
Problem is that the things you want to do, might not fit with what God has planned. We plan a picnic and it rains. And because it is raining we think the days is spoiled, and so we do nothing, because we cannot do what we wanted to do.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Give us this day our daily bread – but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
You see the grace of God showers upon us daily and richly, we have been given the gift of salvation in the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ.
We don’t have to understand the big picture, or know the future – all we are called to do, is to do this day, what God has given us to do – the rest is in God’s hands.
It is God who preserves the church, we may look and say to ourselves, we are nothing, we just as small as a mustard seed – but God grows mustard seeds into trees, God will certainly grow us into whatever it is that is his plan. So we live know by knowledge, not by sight, but by grace through faith in Christ. And as long as we have this, we know we have everything necessary