Going Deeper 06.11.2021

The Gospel reading for Pentecost 3... Mark 4:26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

I speak quite redundantly of our mission involving the strengthening and extending of the Kingdom of God.  It is important to point out who we are speaking of when we say, "our mission."  Yes, it belongs to all of us.  It is not the pastor's mission, it is our mission.

But at the same time, it is not just our congregation's mission.  It is the mission of the whole Church of God throughout the world.  We might think and go about things differently, but just as we have a common Lord, we also have a common mission, initiated by Jesus in His "Great Commission" as recorded in Matthew 28: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Here we are led to understand that our mission doesn't only involve the people of the whole Church.  In truth, the collective efforts of all of the people of all of the churches around the world (yes, including Zion) will produce nothing without the involvement of the ever-present Jesus at work in the power of the Holy Spirit.   And Jesus has been given all authority... which means that with Him involved, nothing is impossible.  This also means that without Him nothing of true value is possible.

In our text, we can see ourselves as the scatterers of the seed.  God provides the seed of the Gospel, we team up to spread the Good News, and God provides the growth.  And, yes, it is God's will that growth takes place.

With You in His Mission, 

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"