Matthew 13:31-32 Starting Smallest, Growing Largest

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus tells the people another parable. This one is about a mustard seed and how large it grows, comparing it to the kingdom of heaven.

Small beginnings do not usually show much hope. When a child is born under weight and size, doctors and parents are usually worried. Many people do not have much hope for a child born too small. Yet, there are some children born extremely early, underweight and size, that grow into a large person that looms over most people.

In the work life of many people, they start out at the bottom of the workforce. They are just a small person, doing what appears to be an unseen job. Yet, with lots of hard work, they can rise up the ladder in the work world. There are a number of people who have started out in extreme poverty and rose to be some of the wealthiest people on the earth.

God’s kingdom is working in that same way. It started out with Jesus and twelve men, one of whom walked away. They went through extreme persecution and struggles, yet, that kingdom kept growing. People kept coming to the Lord, becoming citizens of God’s kingdom.

The world tried to stop them when they were small, yet, the kingdom kept growing and spreading around the world. Today, in nearly every nation there are some believers. It has grown larger than any other belief in the world, despite the enemy trying to stop God’s kingdom.

The only reason that God’s kingdom keeps growing is that believers are doing what Jesus did–spread the good news of salvation. Jesus came to save people and that is what He did.

You have a mission also. It is to tell everyone you can about the salvation that Jesus provides. As you do that, the kingdom of heaven will continue to grow larger and larger. It started out small, but now covers all over the earth and is still growing.

As you go through your day today, who can you tell about Jesus? How can you help His kingdom grow?

I pray today that God will reveal to you ways to be His witness; that you will allow God to make you more like Jesus; that God will draw more people to Jesus through you; and that God’s kingdom will grow daily through your life.


Matthew 13:3-4 Scatter The Seed Everywhere

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” Matthew 13:3-4

Jesus had started to teach the people many things, but He often spoke in parables. He liked to use everyday events to teach eternal, spiritual thoughts. In this parable Jesus tells of a farmer going out to sow the seed. The seed falls everywhere as it is scattered. Some fall on bad ground, while others fall on good ground. Some produce very well, while others do not produce at all.

Planting seeds can be a frustrating thing for some people. They go out and get the ground ready, go through all the work of planting the seeds, and then very few actual sprout. The reasons for the not sprouting can be many, not enough water, too much water, too much sun, not enough sun, bugs, animals, too many rocks, and too many weeds.

If a farmer was to look at all those things first as possible preventions, then he most likely would not sow at all. He scatters the seed out and trusts God to do the rest.

Later in this chapter, Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God, the gospel message. It is sown out everywhere, and some take it up, while others reject it. Some sprouts for a time, then dies, while others produce well.

Every believer is supposed to be like that farmer, spreading some seed, the seed of the gospel message. He is to scatter the seed everywhere.

Some people will refuse to share the gospel message with some people, because that person (they know) will not accept it. They don’t want to waste their time.

God is the only one who can give growth to a seed. You do not know if a person will accept Jesus or not, but you must give him a chance to accept or deny Jesus.

As a witness of Jesus, you must tell everyone you can about Him and what He has done for them. It may be the one time they hear about Jesus and accept Him. You do not know what they will do. If you choose not to tell them, you may have taken their one chance to hear about salvation in Jesus.

Go and scatter your seed.

I pray today that you will share the gospel message with everyone; that God will touch the hearts of many through you; that many will accept Jesus into their life through your message; and that you will not fear sharing the gospel message of Jesus with anyone.

Matthew 11:29 How To Get Some Rest

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Jesus started talking to the disciples about finding some rest. He tells them that the way to do it is take up His yoke and learn from Him. In that way they would find the rest that they are seeking.

Wanting rest is something most people are searching for. They want to be able to slow down and get some rest, while ensuring everything gets done that needs to be done. Yet, in the process of seeking rest, very few are finding it.

People like to relax and rest in various ways. Many take up some type of hobby to find their rest, others will just sleep. Others will take some type of drug to help them calm down and rest. In all of these ways, most are not finding what they really desire for rest.

Jesus had a yoke for the disciples to take up and carry. This meant that they would not have to carry it alone. He would be right along side of them carrying the weight of it with them. The yoke that Jesus wanted them to carry was to follow and trust Him for salvation and be a witness to this world. His purpose in life was to save all people from their sins.

Prior to Jesus, people had to follow the law perfectly and hope that they were going to be saved. Many today are seeking various religions and hoping that they will live a better afterlife. As they strive to follow the OT law and other religions, they are restless. They cannot find the peace and rest they are searching for, because it is not in Jesus.

There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. You have to trust Him fully for your salvation. Then you must do what He came to do, seek the lost out for God. Jesus found strength and rest in doing what the Father wanted Him to do. You can find the same strength and rest also in doing the Father’s will.

Being a witness is not hard work. Following Jesus is not hard work. And both will bring the needed rest for your soul. You will not be fighting for salvation, but resting in it.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will do the work God has for you to do; that you will have peace and rest in your soul; and that you will be a witness to this world for Jesus. 

Matthew 10:17-18 Persecuted To Be A Witness

Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. Matthew 10:17-18

Jesus is telling the disciples that they will be persecuted. The people will hand them over to the authorities and they will be flogged. In all of this, it is done so that they may be a witness to governors and kings and the rest of the world.

Persecution is always looked at as a very bad thing to occur. No one wants to be persecuted and it is not easy to watch or hear about someone being persecuted. However, Jesus had a different view on it.

He starts out with stating that everyone who follows Him will be persecuted. The persecution would appear in the form of being handed over to authorities to be flogged. Being flogged is the process of being severely whipped with a strap that causes cuts and tears in the skin.

Jesus had been flogged before He went to the cross. As He was being flogged, He did not cry out or curse the people doing the flogging. In fact, while He was on the cross He asked God to forgive them. He showed true love.

As a believer, there will be times you will go through persecution. People will treat you wrong. They will say false things about you or twist what you say to make it sound wrong. This can be seen in today’s society when a person talks against various sinful acts that are accepted and promoted in America. Believers are called haters when they talk against certain sins.

When you are persecuted, you will have a choice. You can either strike back in anger. Or you can be a witness of God’s love and share the gospel message of love to those persecuting you. When you stand before an authority on a false accusation, it gives you the opportunity to speak to higher authorities about Jesus. It will give you the chance to speak to people who you normally would never see.

Do not fear being persecuted. God is with you and strengthen you. Use it as an opportunity to be a witness to more people. Seek God’s guidance in what to say and do when things are going bad for you.

I pray today that you will trust God in all situations; that you will not fear persecution for following Jesus; that you will be a witness of God’s love at all times; and that God will open more doors for you to be His witness.

Matthew 4:19-20 Dropping Everything To Follow

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20

As Jesus was getting ready to start His ministry, here on earth, He was walking along by the seas. He comes up to two men, Simon-Peter and Andrew. Jesus tells them to follow Him and that He will have them start fishing for men. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

People who have started a new business adventure selling something that they believe in, they want everyone to follow them in it. They are often very excited about the product that they sell and the potential money to make. Ads are put out telling others to stop what they are doing to take some time to come and look at what they have. There is great potential in making big money. Some will take that time, while others reject it.

Most of the time, however, most people will question it. What good is that product? Will it really work? How does a person make money? How much money can be made? And the questions go on.

The disciples had not asked Jesus any of those questions, they just dropped everything and followed Him. They trusted Him.

God has times in the life of a believer, where He will tell the person to stop and follow Him. It may be to stop and job to do another job or to go into ministry. Or it may be to go be a witness to someone. Or to take a moment to help someone out.

The real challenge is to be willing to stop and follow Him, without question. It is knowing and trusting that He knows what is best. Many people question God and want to know what is ahead first. They want to know all the details of God’s plan, which He may not show.

As you believe in Jesus, you must be willing to drop everything to follow Him, when He guides you. Do not worry about the future or your past. He has it all in His hands and control. Do not question Him, but follow Him.

It is in following Jesus that you can be the one who changes the life of someone else or an entire nation. God can and will do great things through you, if you will just follow Him.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will drop things of this world to follow Jesus; that you will not question God’s guidance; and that God will help you fish for men.

Choices And Resolutions


New Year ResolutionsEvery January, as the new year begins, many people start to make some resolutions. They think about what they want to accomplish in the new year. The resolutions that people come up with are as varied as the number of people on the planet.

Most resolutions are about health and relationships, although there may be others about finances, housing, jobs, schooling or other things.

The older people get, the more people realize the importance of good health and good healthy habits. People choose to lose weight, work out more, or eat healthier food. All of these are focused on being a better person or living longer.

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While all of these resolutions can be good, they are only temporary fixes. Regardless how healthy a person eats or works out, there will come a day when he will die. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden and sin entering the world, people die.

I am not saying that eating correctly or working out is bad. Over the years I have learned to try to eat a little bit more healthy. I still continue to struggle at working out to keep in good physical shape. Probably half the reason I am in as good of shape as I am now, is because I spent a number of years in the Army where I had to work out physically everyday. It started me out on the right path, though I when I got out, I was not one to go to a gym and work out at all, though I have tried at times.

While the physical eating and working out is good, there is something that is more important. My spiritual health is more important than my physical health. I have to work out and grow more spiritually to have true life and one that will last for eternity, regardless if I die or not on this earth a physical death.

In order to be spiritually fit, I must work my spirit in the right way. It begins with knowing God’s word. I must take time daily to read God’s word. Not only must I read it, I must take time to understand it and apply it to my life. If I read the Bible all the way through and can explain all of it very well, but do not apply it to my life, it is worthless. If I do not live by God’s Word, it is no good to me. My spiritual health will decline.

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One of my resolutions this year is to get into God’s word more and apply it to my life more. This means reading it, memorizing it, and applying it to my life daily.

Another part of being spiritually fit, is to spend time with God. This is taking time to talk to Him and listen to Him. Prayer.

Many people find prayer very boring and seemingly worthless. They pray, but do not see immediate results, so they give up. Some feel as though God is not listening or does not care about them. Others feel as though they are praying the same boring prayers all the time and never getting anywhere.

This can happen in communication with anyone. Couples who have lived together for 20 years grow apart because the communication is broken down between the two. For one or the other it gets boring and worthless.

God hears yours and my every prayer. He wants to spend time with me to help me get to know Him better. Paul said that we should pray without ceasing. I need to always have a prayer on my lips or in my mind. Open, continued communication with God at all times.


My second resolution is to make more time for talking and listening to God. He is there to guide my every step. I won’t know that step if I am not talking and listening to Him.

The other thing that God wants for His people is for each one to be His witness. He called every believer to be a witness of the gospel of Jesus. His whole purpose in sending Jesus to the cross was to save the entire world.

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I have been given the greatest gift a person can every receive–forgiveness and eternal life. This is not a gift that is for me alone. It is also a gift that the more I give it away, the more I have.

If I have such a great gift I must not hoard it to myself, but be willing to share it.

Along with being a great gift, it is also a warning to the people. The world is on a track heading for death, unless they switch tracks. They do not see the warning signs that there is only death ahead. I need to love them enough to warn them of the coming death.

My last resolution is to be a witness to as many people as possible. This starts with my own family, leading them to Christ Jesus, then it works out to my co-workers and people I know. Finally it reaches out to the world, those I don’t know, but come into contact with.

I want to be spiritually fit for God and others in this world. So my resolutions are:

  1. Reading and applying God’s word more
  2. Talking and listening to God more–prayer
  3. Being a better witness in this world

As I do these three things, everything else will fall into place better. God will guide me in what to do to be in better physical shape.

As you make resolutions this year, what do you want? What is your desire in this life?

I pray that God will guide you in the resolutions that you make and will help you to achieve each one. I also pray that God will draw you to Him more and make you more like Jesus in this new year.

Daniel 9:8 Admitting Sin

We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered in shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. Daniel 9:8

Daniel had just received a very clear vision of how long Israel would be destroyed and under captivity of another nation. He then started reading some of the words of Jeremiah and seeing what God had told him. Once he read those words, he started to pray to God a prayer of repentance for the nation of Israel. Daniel started admitting to breaking God’s commands and sinning against Him.

Daniel did not point fingers at other people and just say that they were the ones to sin. He included himself in the sins against God.

It is very easy, and very common, for people in the church to point fingers at the sins of others. Christians blame those in the world for the corruption and sin that is so rampant in their nation. Blaming politicians and leaders for the sin comes easily for many people. People will say if “they” did not allow something, that sin would not be there or the corruption would not have happened, always talking about someone else and not themselves.

When actions like this are done, one is not showing the love and mercy of God towards others. Nor is the person taking his responsibility in what is being done wrong.

Some may say, “I have never killed anyone (or some other sin), so why am I to repent.” It is true that you may not have done a particular sin, but there is another one that you have done. Regardless of what sin you have committed, you have sinned against God and helped lead your country to where it is today.

Along with that, every believer is supposed to be His loving witness to this world. As you go through your days ask yourself if you are doing everything that you can to be His witness. Ask yourself if you are showing His love and mercy to this dying world in the best way possible and as much as possible.

Since many believers cannot say that they are doing these things to the level God wants them to do, they are helping others continue in sin.

Seek God and ask Him to show you how you can reach the world for Him.

Repent of all sins, both the corporate and the personal. Allow God to change lives.

I pray today that you will seek to be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; that you will do your best to bring all to God; that you will show His great love and mercy to this world; and that you will repent of all sin.