The Gospel of Mark is an amazing book! I want to go through it as a church sometime in the near future. I hope you’re enjoying it.
When you read todays passage, Mark 4:21-41, Jesus teaches us so much about the concern we should have for the world around us and how to reach the people in our world. Like always, He uses colorful pictures of real life things to help us see what He’s saying.
Jesus begins by using a lamp to illustrate. People didn’t have electric lights – their only light at night was candles or lamps. They would use small olive-oil lamps and would place them strategically on lamp stands or shelves that would light the entire room. They would never light a lamp, wasting precious fuel, and put it in a place that it wouldn’t give light. That would be unheard of and dumb. Just told us too—
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
A Farmer Planting Seed
Then Jesus uses a farmer to help us see. A farmer sows seed trusting that it will sprout and produce crops. He waits and eventually it happens – a leaf pushes through the soil and becomes a wheat producing crop. You and I share the Gospel through our lives and verbal witness – and eventually it produces fruit in the lives of those around us.
A Small Mustard Seed
Jesus uses a visual example of a mustard seed – the smallest of all seeds. When planted – a large plant is produced that gives food and shelter to birds and animals, and shade for us. A small Gospel witness produces a great result.
Then the disciples witness the power of God alive in Jesus. They cross the lake and when they are in the middle – far from land – a vicious storm arises. High waves are overtaking their boat – filling it with water. Jesus is asleep in the back the boat. When they wake Him, He reminds them that He has the ability to calm the waves and that our faith should be in him.
- How can you shine to a lost world around you today?
- What seeds can you plant today? With who?
- Are you looking to God for the power to make things happen – to bring peace in your storm?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor