From Nurture to Refuge
October 27, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: From Nurture to Refuge
There is more to being a Christ follower than going to church and reading a few random passages of scripture. To truly be a disciple of Jesus, we have to be moving towards a goal, growing deeper in our relationship to Him through intentional study, thoughtful prayer, vibrant worship and loving outreach. The parable of the mustard seed as an image of the Kingdom of God is about how that Kingdom grows in us and what happens when it does. In the beginning, the tender, vulnerable shoots coming out of that tiniest of seeds needs to be cared for and nurtured. But when it is mature, it becomes a refuge, offering protection and nurture to others. That is our goal…to grow beyond needing to be nurtured into agents of Christ who care for and love others fully.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”