What A Christian Should Look Like Part III

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Mark 4:31-32
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31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

Matthew 17:20
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20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

It says with faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). If we have only a tiny bit of faith, Jesus Christ can use us to do mighty things. Just like in Mark 4:31-32, if you plant a small seed in someone’s life, God can use that planted seed and nourish it into a great and mighty addition to His kingdom.

Mark 4:3-9
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3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Mark 4:13-20
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13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

In this parable, there are four types of soil, which represent four types of people. Let’s look at the four types below.

The first type is the seed that fell along the path. It says birds came and gobbled it up. This kind of person is the one who hears the story of Jesus, but immediately turns back to his worldly ways because Satan takes away the Word of God from them. The second type is the seed that falls in the rocky soil. This kind of person hears the Word, and tries to follow it. Without growing roots in the faith (without the seed getting roots in the soil), they fall to Satan as soon as something bad happens. Whether it be a death in the family, or loss of worldly items, or any other disaster, they fall back to how they were before. The third type is the seed that falls into the thorny soil. These are the ones who believe when they hear His story, and even start to take root. The worries of this world, however, chokes them out (as the thorns choke out the plant as it starts to grow). Worries of the fact that they may have to change their daily routines. They want worldly wealth, popularity, and the “joys” of the world. They try to serve both God and the world, and this does not work. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”(Matthew 6:24). When they are choked out by the worries of this world, they become unfruitful and are of no use to the Kingdom of God. Finally, the fourth type of seed. This is the seed that lands in fertile soil. This seed lands in a ready heart. These are the people who hear the story of Christ, and strive to live for Him. They start of slow, taking root in the faith. They have fellowship with other believers so they will have more of a chance of not falling. They distance themselves from the worldly things they loved before their salvation. Overall, taking root in the faith, they learn to lean on the power of Christ. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Mark 4:21-25
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21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Use the light that we are given. We are called to go and teach others (Matthew 28:19-20). One thing we need to realize is one small seed planted in someone’s life has a chance of growing and being mighty (Mark 4:31-32). Make sure you are rooted in your faith, then go out and plant seeds. Not all will receive the story of Christ the same. Some will be too prideful to even listen to the story. Many people know it has to be true, but they want to control their lives and enjoy the pleasures of the world. Persevere through all things and do not lose hope, for Jesus Christ will return one day (Colossians 4:2-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22). Since Christ will return one day, you need to know one thing. Are you ready? “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

Colossians 4:2-6
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2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

Ephesians 3:20-21
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20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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