Thursday 17 June 2021
Title: Small Faith, Big God
Ps Mark Tan

Mark 4:30-32
³⁰“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? ³¹ It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. ³² Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

When Jesus shared this parable, he was sharing it to his disciples. His disciples were not famous or extraordinary. In fact they were rather ordinary folk with ordinary jobs in the day. Furthermore, it certainly wasn’t THEIR faith that differentiated them at first, because when Jesus could have used the most support in His life, his disciples fled. Peter even betrayed Him. Jesus did not tell this parable to admonish them, but to encourage them that though they may be “small” in position, status, even faith, their faith is in a Big God and through them, He will cause His Gospel to bloom and grow.

How big shall God grow His Kingdom through us? Well, if anyone has ever seen mustard seeds, they will certainly never imagine them to grow big enough till they have “such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” Jesus was not exaggerating, but He was sharing a mystery of God’s Work in us – that it will grow beyond what we could ever expect or imagine. No one would’ve thought that such a large movement would start from a bunch of regular people from Galilee. But with God, the Gospel has reached the hearts of billions of people and through “mustard seeds of faith” like William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Billy Graham and other missionaries and evangelists, God’s Kingdom is growing so large that many can find sanctuary in Him.

Though this pandemic does not allow us to gather together as a “big” church today, we should not be discouraged, but continue to testify God’s goodness and share of His Good News. For all we know, God is spreading mustard seeds again.

So let us grow His Kingdom in our neighbourhoods, communities, circles and connections, so that we may extend our branches of peace and His salvation for others to find sanctuary in Him. As the great William Carey once said: “Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.”

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, please keep your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love. Through your grace, O Lord, we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

每日灵粮
2021年6月17日,星期四
题目:小信心,大能神
作者:陈燕靖传道
翻译:黄姐妹

馬可福音4:30-32

30 又說:「神的國,我們可用甚麼比較呢?可用甚麼比喻表明呢?
31 好像一粒芥菜種,種在地裡的時候,雖比地上的百種都小,
32 但種上以後,就長起來,比各樣的菜都大,又長出大枝來,甚至天上的飛鳥可以宿在它的蔭下。

当耶稣分享这个比喻时,祂是在分享给祂的门徒。祂的弟子并不出名,也不出众。事实上,他们是当时从事普通工作的普通人。此外,起初肯定不是他们的信仰使他们与众不同,因为在耶稣最需要门徒支持时刻,祂的门徒们逃跑了。彼得甚至背叛了祂。耶稣讲这个比喻并不是要告诫他们,而是要鼓励他们,虽然他们在地位、甚至信仰上可能“渺小”,但他们的信仰是对一位大神的信仰,通过他们,祂将使祂的福音开花并成长.

上帝会透过我们使祂的国度扩展到多大呢?好吧,如果有人见过芥菜籽,肯定不会想象到它们长得足够大,甚至直到它们有 “如此大的树枝给鸟儿可以栖息在树荫下” 耶稣并没有夸大其词,而是分享了上帝在我们身上所显明的奥秘——它的发展会超出我们的预期或想象。

没有人会想到,这么大的福音信仰的传递是从一群来自加利利的普通人开始。但是因着上帝,福音已经到达了数十亿人的心中,通过像近代宣教士之父威廉·凯里、戴德生传教士、葛培理牧师和其他传教士和福音传道士这样的“芥菜种般的信心”,上帝的王国变得如此之大,以至于许多人都可以寻见主耶稣成为自己的避难所.

现今,虽然这次疫情使我们教会这个大家庭不能聚集在一起,但我们不应该灰心,愿继续见证神的良善和分享他的好消息。因我们知道,上帝再次撒下芥菜籽般的信心给我们。

因此,让我们在我们的邻里、社区、圈子和联系中拓展他的国度,以便我们可以扩传主耶稣和平的救恩,让其他人找到耶稣成为他们的避难所。
有着“近代宣教之父”的威廉克里。他在一次講道中,以「向神求大事,為神做大事」结束信息的这句话,激勵了很多人的心志。

祷告:
亲爱的主,请在你坚定的信仰和爱中保守你的教会。主啊,靠着你的恩典,我们可以勇敢地宣扬你的真理,以怜悯来履行你的正义;因着我们的救主耶稣基督,借着圣灵与我们同在。你是复活的独生子,独一的真神,从今时直到永远,阿门。