Growth is natural, but what is growing in us?

growthWe had been away from home for just over a fortnight and when we arrived back we found a new bush in the middle of our garden. I planned to photograph it the next morning but when I got up the bush cutting fairy had been along and so the picture is of the cut up bush. I was amazed at how much growth there had been in just 2 weeks.

The bush had grown where there used to be a tree in our front garden. The tree, that was taller than the house, had become rotten and so we had to get it cut down but we decided to leave the stump rather than having it dug up. The tree surgeon recommended that we should spray the stump with a particular ‘sprayee thing’ (I can’t remember what it was or what it was called) which we did but that darned stump keeps sprouting.

We have tried to stop the growth, but growth is natural

26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. 28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.” (Mark 4)

Christianity in the UK sometimes feels like it is very ‘me’ or ‘us’ centred.

Some Christians talk about how sad it is that the Church doesn’t have the influence that it once did.

Sometimes Christians and churches do things that I don’t think are representative of what Jesus taught.

These things could cause us to despair unless we remember that Christianity is primarily about Christ and not us.

Some Christians may feel like it’s all gone wrong, but Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is growing 🙂 (a Kingdom exists where the rule of a King or Queen is recognized).

It is wonderful to be reassured that God is at work in us, through us and sometimes in spite of us.

The Kingdom of God is growing! Yay for that!

Shortly after Jesus taught this parable, he and his disciples were caught in a storm and if you would like to, you can read more about that by clicking here.

The disciples are convinced that their boat is going to sink and that they are all going to die and so they begin to criticize Jesus for not caring. Panic takes over and it causes them to accuse Jesus of being the opposite of who he really is, how sad is that?

Jesus had taught them that the Kingdom of God was growing, but the disciples hadn’t allowed God’s influence rule and reign to grow in them in the way that Jesus thought that they should have done. As soon as the storm surrounds them, they accuse Jesus (their king) of not caring. They lash out like so many children do when they are cross and so they say to their parents ‘you don’t love me’, even though those parents care for, feed and clothe them.

Despite their accusations Jesus does save them but he also asks why they didn’t have more faith. After all, they had seen Jesus do miracles and they needed to remember and cling to that, even when things got tough.

When things go wrong and panic takes over, do we accuse Jesus of being the opposite of who he really is? Sadly, the truth is that we sometimes we do. We accuse God rather than coming to him for help and guidance.

You see, growth is natural, but the question for us is ‘what is growing in the garden of our lives?’

Are we growing in faith or are we growing in negativity, fear and panic?

The Kingdom of God is growing, but will we do all that we can to let it grow in us?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to Growth is natural, but what is growing in us?

  1. davidkitz says:

    Excellent insights. Thanks Graeme.

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