Long-Range Planning

Jesus, knowing all, knew what was needed to advance the Kingdom of God. In Mark 4:26-34, He explains the plan: “And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. And He said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. And with many such parables spake He the Word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spake He not unto them: and when they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples.” A few seeds in the ground can produce food for a long time to come. So it is, with the Gospel! Jesus gave a mission to twelve unlikely men. He planted the seed in them and eleven brought forth fruit.  Those that became their fruit bore more fruit, until this process reached all the way to us and beyond, adding more and more to the Kingdom. One day, the Kingdom will be complete with all “tares” removed.   August Gottlieb Spangenberg, in his hymn, “What Shall We Offer Our Good Lord,” includes these insightful thoughts: “So shall our lives Thy power proclaim Thy grace for every sinner free; till all mankind shall learn Thy name, shall all stretch out their hands to Thee. Open a door which earth and Hell may strive to shut, but strive in vain; let Thy Word richly in us dwell, and let our gracious fruit remain. O multiply the sower’s seed!  And fruit we every hour shall bear, throughout the world Thy Gospel  spread,  Thy everlasting truth declare!” Selah! Abraham was given supernatural seed and consider the result of that seed. These lessons can only be understood by the redeemed. The unsaved world is unable to discern Spiritual Truth.    Ron

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