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The kingdom of God is quite unlike other kingdoms. It’s more subversive, more underground, more radical than other kingdoms of this world.
We see this clearly in this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, in Chapter Four, verses 21 to 34, in our talk ‘The King’s Kingdom’.
The kingdom is likened to a little lamp, to scattered seed, and even to the tiny mustard seed.
If we’re to understand what it’s like to be in Jesus’ kingdom, and how it is that it grows and expands, we need to listen clearly to what Jesus says about it, and prepared to be challenged by how it works.
And above all, we should not be surprised when it seems small and unimpressive… because in this case the saying is true: from little things big things grow!
The health of a society is nearly always connected to the health of its families.
The Bible gives clear advice about how to have healthy families, and one of the best places to find it is in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 1 to 4:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.“Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Children should aim to obey their parents, and fathers should aim to patiently and gently bring up their kids in how to know and follow God.
But we all know this is impossible to achieve due to our constant struggles with sin. And this is what makes us eternally grateful for the forgiveness God gives us for when we miss that mark.
Let’s keep praying for our families… and keep praising God for his forgiveness through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.