Many of us are familiar with the parable of the mustard seed that speaks about the growth of something large and vibrant from something small and almost non-descript. And Jesus’ parable offers us some ideas about how to help this healthy growth come about as well.
Speaking simplistically, we can easily get the message that we need to sow the seed of God’s word and let the Spirit do its work; that’s the simple one-line answer. But perhaps a mustard tree would be a good symbol for the church. It is growing from something small and is maturing and branching out. The question is, what is to happen to it next? Is it harvested? Does it continue to grow? Does it put out more seed? Does it provide shade for the birds that come and gather in it?
I think this is a question that needs to be directed to God. Where are we, and where are we headed, and is there anything we (each one of us) might be doing to help? The church tends to move slowly, things change slowly… perhaps for good reason. It takes time for a seed to germinate and to grow and mature. Perennial plants then produce fruit and/or seed and then more of them are able to grow as those seeds are distributed in various different ways. The same happens for the church; it bears fruit, the seeds are sown, and then we wait, we nurture. Then we try to sow more seed and help it grow.
As we enjoy the slightly more relaxed pace of summer, I want to encourage all of you to take time to wrestle with God’s call to each of you; to dig deeply into it. Allow it to plant itself deeply within you and germinate. Let it grow and mature you and guide you as you take shelter in the shade of the mustard tree, and as you live out your life as a part of the kingdom of God. It is a kingdom that is beyond our understanding, but it’s there for us and for all of the world too.
Rev. Candi’s cell phone: 978-895-0954