In an article in Bible Study Magazine (Jan & Feb 2012) on the parable of the mustard seed, I came across something I thought would encourage you as it encouraged me.
“A ministry may not look like much – it may not be well-staffed or well-financed. But ask yourself this: Does it express God’s values and concerns for humanity and creation? Does it extend God’s reign from heaven to earth? If yes, then you can be sure that it will indeed grow like a mustard seed – not because of the pastor’s own talents and resources, but because of the King’s commitment and provision.”
In Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus spoke to His disciples and likened the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. The seed is very tiny, yet grows into a very large plant. The growth doesn’t happen over night; it takes time. The plant needs to be nurtured to grow into the kind of plant God intended. When you’re looking at the plant each day, you may not notice it growing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not.
When you think about our ministry at C4 in light of this, I think there is great encouragement in this hope. We must continue to do our part in nurturing and cultivating this growth. We cannot allow ourselves to get discouraged if the rains don’t come. We trust the Lord will send and provide what is needed for our growth, but that doesn’t eliminate the need to follow the principles of Scripture. Each person plays an important role in this mission and ministry. I appreciate all that you do in this often challenging and tiring work and we must continue to move forward lovingly and firmly proclaiming the truth found in God’s Word. We must not grow weary in the battle.
I am grateful and blessed to serve the King!