The Christian life was never meant to be one of stagnation. While our salvation and justification before God in Christ Jesus is once and for all, in this life we still must face the entanglements and struggles of a fallen world. Thus sanctification – our becoming more and more like Jesus – is a process.
Jesus highlights growth in the life of a believer particularly through the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven. Regarding the first, Jesus notes that enormous growth is meant even for the smallest of seeds. Perhaps there are times when you feel like your faith is just the smallest of mustard seeds – rest in knowing that you are not without hope of growth. Similarly, Jesus talks of how leaven makes the entire flour leavened. We know that when our God begins a good work in us as believers He will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This ought to encourage us regarding our individual walks, particularly if we are in a “dry” season.
But why does Jesus emphasize growth in the life of a believer right in the middle of his discussion of wheat and weeds? Well, I certainly can’t say for certain, but I would venture to guess that He is highlighting the fact that growth in the life of a Christ-follower includes sharing our faith. The parable of the wheat and weeds is a strong reminder that (contrary to common culture) not everyone around us is saved. Some are the wheat and some are the weeds. This may make us uncomfortable, but it is a clear reality of Scripture.
We can be encouraged in this, however – the mustard seed and leaven parables reveal this as well. We can have hope regarding our friends and family who we think will never enter a relationship with Jesus – perhaps they are simply beginning as the smallest of seeds. Furthermore, perhaps there is a bit of “leaven” of faith in our peers that will ultimately lead them to the total recognition that Jesus is Lord and Savior. As we grow, we can seek to share the truths of the wheat and weeds parable with those around us, perhaps participating in God’s plan to spark their growth as well.
Have you grown in noticeable ways regarding your walk with Jesus over the past year? Has part of this growth involved sharing the Good News with those around you? Prayfully consider how God is calling you to grow next.
By: Logan West