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