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.’
When the blood of Jesus Christ that washes us and grants us new life removing the sins of this world from us we are born anew. To take this further each seed is then unique and as this seed grows into a tree it is weathered by the storm, the fruit from its branches falls and more seed is planted, wind and rain comes also depositing more seed, more trees grow until there is a forest. This forest becomes tall, strong, beautiful and formidable.
For this forest to grow, we need many seeds planted, and we cannot control the way the winds blow and how much rain comes but we can help the first seed to stay strong, unique and within us by accepting our need for change, not necessarily others behaviors and the way they do life, but we can continue to love them until they can lead others.
There are many characteristics that we as people accept during our lives. They are formed through loss, desire and words, which can all leave what we think, are permanent scars on our lives.
While this does not have to be the case, sometimes this makes us stronger. If we can heal from these wounds than we gain insight into who we are and in turn help those who have also dealt with similar issues that can lead to physical and mind altering pain. We must be in the struggle not to wallow in our or pain but to heal, move on and actually subject ourselves to the pain of freeing others from bondage.
We do not have to be a Pastor, or Counselor to help others. We do have to do is be in a place most of the time to listen, remember the pain we felt and remember the ways we began to then disallow wounds to keep us in pain. We have to be in a physical place to help those affected by their pain.
If we refuse to associate with the ‘lost’, then we have no ground to step on. If we behave like this then it would be like Jesus asking the lame man who had been sick for 38 years to pick up some stones by the water and to hurl them at those who had not been healed. It is a pretty obvious point I am making for so many. I make this point because as only my opinion there is enormous public opinion that all we do as Christians is act out this very analogy. We know this isn’t the case, right?
While it is our place to be somewhat gentle yet reminding of those in the Church who are acting like the lost, and many of us have been in this position we do owe to one another to lead with a heavy hand at times. I needed it. If we were not a family in our churches than we would become angry and confused by another brother or sister’s behavior. If we are a not a family then we as a church would always be broken. Being sad for failures, and joyful for others success is a huge part of what we do as people who are members of a strong church. Like any family there are always those knuckleheads and people who might irritate us; just like life.
Acceptance that we have things in our life to clean up is as important as the forgiveness that follows. We are in dangerous waters when feel our plate is clean also. This leads to pride. One of the pastors at our church delivered a groundbreaking message to us that the sin of pride is the gateway sin that will lead to ultimate strongholds that can tear people, marriages and families apart. Pride leads down that road of feeling that we are untouchable, and the Enemy had that issue only. We are not the Teflon pan, we need scrubbing, soap and water from time to time through prayer and a modicum of self-examination and tough love, that should be rooted in love at all times.
We as the Church are in a place where we are holding back love from those afflicted with many demons holding back from freeing others. Can you imagine if we started loving on those we just tolerated? The momentum from such a stake placed in each Christian’s garden could grow a lot of healthy people, and as well keeping so many young children from feeling the same wounds that keeps people from feeling love for themselves. While there are tons of variables in that equation, equipping young people is amazing I would imagine.
“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.”
While educating and empowering kids is great, sometimes we just need to remember that we need to get a bit more simple. I have a huge area of need to grow in this area to cut the needless, busy and wasteful things out of my life.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.