I launched a new series yesterday. I hope you'll download it to hear a story I told about my new hobby of biking and how I related it to what causes our faith to grow. Download Growth: Three Obstacles to Growth here.
I talked about the parable of the sower and the seed. So often people beat themselves up for not being the kind of seed that produces a good crop. But if you look at the story closely...we aren't the seed. God's word is the seed. We are the soil. And in another parable Jesus tells us something about his seed. Listen...
26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." Mark 4
It says here that the seed grows ALL BY ITSELF. The man has no idea how it grows. It just does. In other words...we don't have to worry about growth. It happens naturally. All we have to do is supply God with obstacle free soil. I talked about those three obstacles yesterday in my message.
So spiritual growth is much more possible than you imagined!
Join me Sunday for part two.